I first ran across this drink on the fabulous Cocktail
Virgin Slut blog. The house where I was mixing only had vermouth which wasn’t interesting enough to be half the drink, so I shifted the recipe around to even proportions:
1 oz American Honey 1 oz gin (Beefeater) 1 oz dry vermouth (Gallo) Stir and strain into a cocktail glass Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Tonight, I compared two different pairs of gins and honey whiskeys: Bols Genever and American Honey against New Amsterdam and Drambuie. In the first, the nose was dominated by the Bols, and not really in a good way. The sweetness of the honey tempered it some, but the result was only OK. I don’t think this particular drink should have the gin as the star. The New Amsterdam + Drambuie was the better of the two. The Drambuie is much more assertive than the American Honey, so if mixing with that, I’d recommend the original ratio:
0.75 oz Drambuie 0.75 oz London dry gin 1.5 oz dry vermouth (Dolin Blanc) Stir and strain into a cocktail glass Garnish with a Lemon Twist
For the future, I’d suggest 1:1:1 if using a non-spicy honey whiskey like the American Honey to let the spirits through, but 1:1:2 if using Drambuie to keep balance with the spice. As for gin, something in between these two, like an actual London Dry is probably the best call.