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A Honey Cocktail For Hunters

El Oso by Brendan Dorr

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Today’s cocktail was the winner of the 2010 US National Barenjager Cocktail Competition, which I found in a cocktail recipe book. Barenjager is a honey liqueur with a history dating back to 15th century Prussia. Then, bear hunters would drink a beverage distilled from honey to fortify themselves for the hunt. Now, Barenjager is just a tasty honey liqueur in a kooky bottle. There is no need to go looking for bears when you drink it.

This cocktail recipe was created by Brendan Dorr of B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore, Maryland. Though it calls for a large quantity of anejo tequila, the dominant flavor is that of the honeyed Barenjager. The maraschino liqueur is barely noticeable but serves to dry out the drink. (Note: It’s not maraschino cherry juice.) The bitters are also essential, but should you lack this specific brand I’d recommend trying Angostura Orange or regular Angostura bitters that should be present in every bar. 

El Oso
By Brendan Dorr,
B&O American Brasserie

1.75 fl. oz. Partida Anejo Tequila
.75 fl. oz. Barenjager Honey Liqueur
.5 fl. oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters
1 Dried Orange Wheel for Garnish

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir thoroughly. Pour over ice and dried orange peel in an old-fashioned glass.


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