Lazy Bear

Equal parts rum, rye, lime, honey syrup
Shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
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Created byJacob Grier, Portland, OR
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Casey on 10/01/2011


If you don't have the Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters you can use a 50/50 mix of ango and allspice dram. I believe that's what they use at Metrovino when they don't have access to the good stuff.

Zachary Pearson's picture

I tend to like 50:50 Ango and Ramazzotti to substitute for Fee's Barrel Aged, if you have to.

Sounds good. Have to make a batch immediately :-)

Dan's picture

I need to revisit this. I used honey and needed the full 3/8 oz to make it sweet enough for the lime. My Ryan and Wood rye didn't stand up to the Smith & Cross; I think something like Wild Turkey would have worked better. I added another 3/4 oz of rye and it worked better. I also think my generic honey was a bit milquetoast.

Dan, not sure what proof the Ryan and Wood is (I've seen it on shelves but have yet to try any of their liquors), but I used Rittenhouse because I figured I'd need the extra proof specifically because S&C is so overpowering. I used a local honey for my syrup, and the resulting drink was pleasingly floral - you could taste the S&C, but it was merged with other things. If you used honey rather than syrup, you probably ended up with a lot of it still in the shaker...

Unexpectedly incredible - maybe my favorite thing to do with Smith and Cross ever. I lowered the honey syrup to 1/2 oz, which perfect worked for me.

Zachary Pearson's picture

Sounds really good - you might want to try the Dover to Calais, which keeps the lime and Smith & Cross, but has Green Chartreuse and orgeat. 



I have that in my suggestions, but I'm currently having an Orgeat identity crisis right now where I'm not crazy about homemade but I can't find the perfect store bought. Still looking for the Kassatly Chtaura Meehan recommends in PDT. Do you use homemade?

Zachary Pearson's picture


Yeah.... my understanding is that the two best widely available orgeats are the BG Reynolds and the Small Hands versions. I make my own (the recipe I use is the one in the article), but I tend to like orange flower and rosewater more than most people ;)



I had the small hands - brought a bottle back with me from California. It's great, but not available here and somewhat overpowering. I usually cut the amount by a dash or two in drinks like the Japanese that are Orgeat heavy. In old recipes it always seems like Orgeat was weaker and Grenadine was stronger back then...

christina in tacoma's picture

This is really good, thanks for posting. I didn't have the bitters- used Peychaud's, and Wild Turkey rye.

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