Created in Paris in the early 1930s, this cocktail is the definition of simplicity. Just three ingredients (four if you count the ice), it's what a balanced cocktail should be.
We think a great cocktail should have a relationship between three elements: flavor of the booze (bitter, herbal, woody etc.), acidity and sweetness. If one gets too far out of whack, you end up with something that just doesn't seem right. Ingredients like bitters can help boost the flavor. Citrus juices are the go-to for acidity. And more often than not, simple syrup is used for sweetness.
But with this cocktail, all you need is to start with a great gin. Good thing we have one. Made right here in Nashville, Corsair Distillery has won a butt-load of awards for their Artisan Gin. And for good reason. It's made in very small batches using the 'gin-head' basket on their hand-hammered copper pot still to infuse the flavors of their unusual mix of traditional and unique botanicals.
2 oz Corsair Artisan Gin
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.75 oz honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)
Add all three ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and strain into your chilled glass.