3/4 oz Rye Whiskey [Rittenhouse]
3/4 oz Pimm’s #1
3/4 oz Mead [Sap House Meadery]
3/4 oz Lemon juice
Shake with ice, strain into a chille cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon “honeycomb”.
A few weeks ago my friend and I were driving through eastern NH, on the way to another friends house in Western Maine. Along the side of the road we saw a large sign that read “Sap House Meadery. Turn left in 3/4 of a mile”. We looked at each other and decided to follow those simple directions.
Sap House Meadery is located in Center Ossipee, NH. As far as we could tell, there was not much else going on there, but the meadery/tasting room/retail space was quite impressive. Shelves of bottles lined the room, stocked with their various expressions. A collection of board games sat at each table, some of which even had a cribbage board drilled directly into it.
We sampled five of their offerings (traditional, sugar maple, hopped blueberry, vanilla bean and coffee). They were all quite tasty, able to showcase the different flavors nicely while still maintaining a strong honey presence. It’s been sometime since I actually had mead in my bar, so I knew I was walking out with something. After a round of samples and glass of their coffee bean mead, I decided to keep things simple and took home a bottle of their traditional version.
When I got home, I picked up my cocktail journal as I knew I had at least one mean drink in there. Sure enough, in the first third of the book, I found the Pollenator. I remember when I came up with this drink, I wanted to highlight the floral aspects of mead. The many botanicals in Pimm’s provided the perfect foil.
The Pollenator starts off with lots of lemon and honey on the nose. The sip follows that theme with a sweet/tart combination. Mead gives this drink a nice smoothness, but the spicy rye bite keeps it from getting too cloying. All the while botanicals from the Pimm’s and mead dance around the edges. The finish is smooth, crisp and refreshing.
I’m so excited to have some mead back in my bar. It’s a very unique sip that can play many different angles. Grabbing a bottle for your bar will most certainly get your creative juices flowing.