Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dr. Honey Bear's Magic Elixir

Dr. Honey Bear’s Magic Elixir

The world we live in is a Petrie Dish.  Winter (Spring, some of Fall) in Seattle goes from damp, to wet, to soggy, and back to wet.  We have days in the 30’s and days in the 50’s and that back and forth makes everybody on the verge of sick.  Our office is one big open room and we are separated by short cube walls about three feet high.   It is really nice that you can see everyone and conversation flows throughout without having to get up from your desk.  It also means that the germs travel between us like happy tourists on a sightseeing tour. 

Several of us have been taken down by “The BUG” in the last week or so.  It is curious that more of us are sick since the beginning of January, even though still slave to our resolutions of eating much healthier, cutting down on alcohol consumption, and exercising more.  As a team, we decided it was the lack of alcohol in our systems causing the rampant scourge.   Solution: A medicinal concoction one part herbal, two parts good Bourbon. 

With a little experimentation and a lot of taste testing: I give you Dr. Honey Bear’s Magic Elixir.


2 cups Bourbon of choice – I prefer Bullit or Stagg for mixing
1 oz loose leaf Chamomile Tea (or a tea bag)
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
3 Tsp honey
3 Tsp fresh lemon juice
Tovolo Tea Infuser - the owl makes me happy
Mason Jar (because we're fancy)
Sphere Mold (optional)

Add Chamomile tea to the Bourbon in a glass jar and let steep for at least 4 hours. Then grate ginger, lemon juice, and  honey to the Bourbon in the mason jar.  Shake. Shake. Shake some more and then pour over your favorite Tovolo ice shape.  It is not guaranteed to make you better but it won't make you worse. :)



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