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Chamomile Honeycomb Gimlets + A Visit to the Hangar 1 Distillery

Hangar 1 Honeycomb Vodka can be purchased at their distillery in Alameda; otherwise, try these gimlets with their Straight or Mandarin Blossom Vodkas instead, which are available anywhere high-quality spirits are sold. Hangar 1 Vodka is distilled from gluten-containing grains and, though the distillation process likely removes all traces of gluten, their vodka isn’t certified gluten-free.

Ingredients

Honey Chamomile Syrup (makes ¾ cup):

  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons loose chamomile flowers
  • 3 tablespoons organic granulated cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mild honey

For each drink:

  • ¼ cup Hangar 1 Honeycomb Vodka
  • 2 tablespoons Honey Chamomile Syrup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh strained lemon juice
  • a small chunk of honeycomb, for garnish

Instructions

  • To make the syrup, steep the chamomile flowers in the boiling water until the liquid is bright yellow, 5-10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Stir in the sugar and honey until dissolved. Chill until needed.
  • To make the drinks, combine the vodka, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice. Shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds, then strain into a coup. Garnish with the honeycomb and serve. The beeswax from the honeycomb can be eaten or not, according to personal preference.
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