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The Hairy Bear cocktail - a honey whiskey and brandy cocktail with a squeeze of lemon. Inspired by Capital Pride!

The Hairy Bear: Honey Whiskey and Brandy Cocktail

The Hairy Bear cocktail - a honey whiskey and brandy cocktail with a squeeze of lemon. Inspired by Capital Pride!

Our friend Rex is coming up from Arkansas this week, and we plan to get him raging drunk. Good thing he likes a good ol’ hairy bear – in every sense.

Rex is an interesting guy, perhaps in part because he’s grown up as a gay man in Arkansas, which I imagine is sort of like a sea turtle growing up in a pride of lions. On the moon.

Now, amongst other strange habits, Rex likes to keep heaps of little plastic dump trucks in his bathtub. But that’s a story for another time. For now, we’re just concerned with reviving him from his journey with some alcohol-based cures.

And he’ll need them, too. He’s spending 39 hours on a Greyhound bus to get here, so really, we may as well have just killed him and had him FedEx’d. I think he’d get here in the same state either way.

…But then he wouldn’t be able to enjoy Pride and all the bears it entails, including this one, so we’ll forgo that option.

(Click here for the text-only recipe.)


The Hairy Bear

A Honey Whiskey and Brandy Cocktail

The Hairy Bear cocktail - a honey whiskey and brandy cocktail with a squeeze of lemon. Inspired by Capital Pride!

This is the second of our Capital Pride inspired drinks, and like Rex’s favorite bears, this honey whiskey and brandy cocktail is rugged, mysteriously complex, and has some subtle sweetness hidden underneath. And, as an added bonus, this cocktail only has two ingredients if you don’t feel like going through the trouble of squeezing a lemon.

But since this is a two-ingredient cocktail, the quality of your liquors really matters here. We used Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey (my personal preference) and Raynal X.O. French Brandy, aged for 15 years, but use whatever your favorites are. Just don’t go cheap on this one or it’ll put some serious hair on your chest, and not in a good way.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Honey whiskey (we recommend Jack Daniel’s)
  • 1.5 oz. (good) Brandy
    • OPTIONAL: Lemon

How to Put It in Your Mouth

  1. Mix equal parts honey whiskey and brandy in a rocks glass. Add a squeeze of lemon (optional) and ice.

And that’s it! If you want to get a little fancier like we did, you can freeze a lemon slice and a little bit of lemon juice in your ice cube(s).

The Hairy Bear cocktail - a honey whiskey and brandy cocktail with a squeeze of lemon. Inspired by Capital Pride!

Otherwise, enjoy neat or on plain ol’ fashioned rocks.

The Hairy Bear cocktail - a honey whiskey and brandy cocktail with a squeeze of lemon. Inspired by Capital Pride!

Happy Pride!

Photography by Sarah Alice Photography (sarahalice.net)


Text-only recipe.

The Hairy Bear

A Honey Whiskey and Brandy Cocktail

Since this is a two-ingredient cocktail, the quality of your liquors really matters here. We used Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey (my personal preference) and Raynal X.O. French Brandy, aged for 15 years, but use whatever your favorites are. Just don’t go cheap on this one or it’ll put some serious hair on your chest, and not in a good way.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Honey whiskey (we recommend Jack Daniel’s)
  • 1.5 oz. (good) Brandy
    • OPTIONAL: Lemon

How to Put It in Your Mouth

  1. Mix equal parts honey whiskey and brandy in a rocks glass. Add a squeeze of lemon (optional) and ice.

And that’s it! If you want to get a little fancier like we did, you can freeze a lemon slice and a little bit of lemon juice in your ice cube(s). Otherwise, enjoy neat or on plain ol’ fashioned rocks.

Happy Pride!

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