Drink of the Week: Honey Tree

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Gin month continues here at Drink – Play – Love, where I discovered this most enticing recipe while flipping through the October 2012 issue of Chatelaine. The game changer is the ginger and honey simple syrup — sweet in a subtle way with just a tiny kick. The vermouth mellows the gin, the cider adds a taste of fall harvest and the sparkling water an uplifting fizz. Another Honey Tree, please!

The recipe was created by mixologist Raj Nagra for Chatelaine. I didn’t have any basil on hand but figured mint would work well with the ingredients (it did) so I used that instead. I also didn’t have raw ginger and so substituted a 1/4 tsp of ground ginger. The only thing I didn’t like about the recipe is the number of ingredients required — it’s not the kind of cocktail you can just whip up on a…

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