Million Dollar Shandy

Recipe by Jennifer White

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Harleston Green Scotch
  • 1 oz. Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Curried Honey Syrup*
  • 1 1/2 oz. Hefeweizen (Such as Weihenstephaner)

*Curried Honey Syrup

Add the following ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for half an hour while stirring 3-4 times.

  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 10 Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Curry Powder

Let cool for 1-2 hours before straining out the cinnamon stick and cloves.

Preparation: To make the cocktail, prepare a cognac balloon with crushed ice. In a separate mixing container add 2 oz. Harleston Green Scotch, 1oz Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur, 1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, and 3/4 oz. Curried Honey Syrup. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain onto crushed ice in prepared cognac balloon. Top with 1 1/2 oz. of Hefeweizen. Garnish with Mint Bouquet and thin sliced Lemon Wheel.

Garnish: Mint Bouquet & Lemon Wheel

Glassware: Cognac Balloon

Cocktail Inspiration:

I have been wanting to create a cocktail that honored my German heritage for a while now and the Stirred & Shaken Cocktail Competition featuring Harleston Green Scotch was the perfect opportunity to do so. My Oma passed away early this year, therefore my first thought for the cocktail started with her. One of our favorite things to do together was to go out for a good currywurst so I started with those nostalgic flavors of curry, cinnamon and cloves. From there I added honey, remembering a time when she took me to the Baltic Sea and we stayed on a small bee farm. Thus my curried honey syrup was born.

I knew that combined with a well crafted apricot liqueur, that the harmony of the fruit and spice notes would be a perfect compliment to the smooth citrus and tropical character of Harleston Green. The scotch itself is the backbone of the drink, giving it depth and dimension just like my Oma. After that I added fresh squeezed lemon juice for brightness and balance and a float of hefeweizen for some texture – a quick nod to Oktoberfest and the only drink that I’ve ever seen my Oma drink. All those priceless memories I have make this my Million Dollar Shandy.