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Bee's Whisktea 12 Months of Cocktails — Whiskey Bar at Sky & Vine

The Inspiration
“Welcome to whiskey”

The golden spirit. Usquebaugh. The water of life. Whatever you call it, whiskey (or whisky from Scotland, Japan, India and Australia) is unlike other spirits.

And that’s a good thing.

While whiskey can take some getting used to — it’s been called an acquired taste — it’s a true pairing of art and history that’s apparent in every pour. Whereas most “young” spirits (think vodka and gin) are aged anywhere from a few weeks to several months, whiskey is aged for a minimum of two years and typically at least four years. The oldest whiskey is estimated at more than 200 years old.

That aging process imparts flavors from the (typically oak) wood in the barrel. The longer a whiskey is aged, the less harsh and more complex it tends to become. Mature whiskey is smoother and darker than just-distilled whiskey.

FUN FACT: The Macallan “The Reach” 81-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was distilled in 1940 and matured in a sherry-seasoned cask — and could set you back about $300,000 if you’re able to purchase one of the 288 bottles in existence.

For Whiskey Bar at Sky & Vine, the team developed the Bee’s Whisktea as Archer’s October pour for our 12 Months of Cocktails celebration. It’s a flavorful introduction to whiskey for those who may not be familiar with the golden spirit (and for the already-converted).

A sampling of whiskeys at Whiskey Bar at Sky & Vine

The Recipe

The Bee’s Whisktea — poured through October 2023 exclusively at Whiskey Bar at Sky & Vine

A coupe glass makes sipping this Templeton Rye cocktail fashion forward with a nod to the past. The fruits and aromatic herbs and spices of Licor 43 — especially the citrus, vanilla and cinnamon — make it a delightful welcome to the world of whiskey.

The Bee’s Whisktea is exclusively available at Whiskey Bar at Sky & Vine (on the rooftop at Archer Hotel Napa) through October 2023 — we’ll save you a seat.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Templeton Rye Private Barrel whiskey
  • ½ ounce Licor 43
  • ½ ounce Earl Grey-infused honey
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 dash lavender bitters
  • Lemon twist

Directions

To a cocktail shaker, add first 5 ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

To make Earl Grey-infused honey: Steep the teabags in hot water, then mix with honey.

Cheers!

Thirsty for more? Join us all year long for 12 Months of Cocktails. Raise a glass to creative spirits with stories — every month of 2023, we’ll highlight a signature cocktail at one of Archer’s boutique hotels.

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