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STEP to the Dot to the HEN

STEP.HEN, keepin’ it real, Yo.

Imagine our delight to find out that our brother-in-law enjoys the exact same vodka martini that we do: Ketel One with a twist. It’s so simple that when we thought about posting something about it today for his birthday, we decided to take a more inspired approach—one with a few more “steps”.

Eleven months ago we visited the man of honor in San Francisco where there’s no shortage of great cocktails. During our visit, the better part of one evening was spent hanging out in the loft we rented, dancing and drinking Whiskey Sours. We also laughed about what our names might be if we were rap musicians.

Ok, so none of us is about to make it big in the music industry, but there’s no reason we can’t enjoy another cocktail dreaming about it, right? We decided to dedicate this recipe to the birthday boy, borrowing a little inspiration from our trip last Thanksgiving and from this photo recently uploaded to Facebook.

It’s not a requirement, but this drink is better (and probably safer) when consumed while dancing in a modern loft near Nob Hill with family or friends rather than at the bee farm in full sting-proof garb. Happy Birthday STEP.HEN!

STEP to the Dot
2 oz bourbon
.75 oz lemon juice
1 oz  orange blossom honey syrup (see note)
egg white

STEP 1: Add ingredients to a shaker including the egg white and shake without ice to start a protein emulsion.

STEP 2: Add ice and shake again very hard until cold.

STEP 3: Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and. . .

DOT the foam with orange bitters.

Note: To make honey syrup, mix equal parts of honey and warm water until honey is dissolved. For even more blossom aroma, add a dash of orange blossom water!

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13 years ago

Wow, my very own birthday recipe! Thanks Randy. Looking forward to having it….oh let’s see…..tonight!