Years ago Aaron was a young man in New York, first getting into the experience of craft cocktails. Late one night he was handed a rosemary honey old fashioned. The aroma was unbelievable, but there was this tree of rosemary garnish that kept going up his nose and he remember thinking “there MUST be a better way!” Over the years Aaron learned that although all rosemary is genetically identical, the environmental conditions will DRAMATICALLY change the way the plant’s aroma expresses itself. For the Rosemary & Wild Honey aromatic spray, Aaron sourced 3 different types of rosemary from 3 different countries and blended them together to get just the right rosemary flavor to bring the most impact to this not-so-old-fashioned Old Fashioned.
In a bowl whisk together honey, water, and salt.
Pour it into a container and allow it to sit until the air bubbles have settled. About 10 minutes.
Cut an orange into 4 or 5 rustic pieces and place them on a steak decorator.
Torch with the Searzall until about 10% is covered with char.
Pour Azuleta onto a bread dish, cover, and set aside.
Rub one piece of the orange around the rim of a rocks glass, then invert the glass and dip it in the amulet to coat the rim.
Reserve this orange for garnishing at the end.
In a beaker, place 4-5 ice cubes, bourbon, honey syrup, bitters, and squeeze the torched orange into the cocktail.
Place the squeezed pieces into the drink to incorporate the oils from the skin.
Use a bar spoon to stir the drink until the cocktail has chilled, about 10 seconds.
Cover the beaker with a cocktail strainer and pour the cocktail through a fine mesh strainer into the rocks glass. The second strainer will prevent any ice shards from further diluting the drink.
Mist the top of the glass with the Alice & The Magician Rosemary & Wild Honey Aromatic spray.
Place the reserved torched orange in the glass for garnish.