The classic Negroni cocktail has become my go-to around town and beyond. The signature trio of equal-parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth comprise an absolutely divine apertif.
Next time you’re scheming the next girls’ gathering with your best friends or female family members, reconsider the traditional party and invite them over for an at-home spa-inspired fête. On a Saturday or Sunday morning, what beats a mocktail in pajamas with your nearest and dearest? Shoulder massage train, anyone?
1/4 cup loose Earl Grey tea or 4 bags
1/2 cup honey
4 sprigs thyme, plus more for garnish
2 sprigs rosemary, plus more for garnish
1 cup fresh lemon juice, plus lemon slices for garnish
1 1/2 cups bourbon
1/2 cup Cognac
1 teaspoon bitters
1. Combine tea and 1 1/4 cups boiling water in a heatproof bowl. Let steep 5 minutes, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring glass (you should have 1 cup). Let cool. Meanwhile, bring honey, thyme, 2 rosemary sprigs, and 1/2 cup water to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring to combine. Let cool; discard herbs. Both syrup and tea may be covered and chilled for up to 3 days!
2. Meanwhile, place lemon slices and a sprig of fresh herb in each square of a cocktail ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze.
3. Combine tea, honey syrup, lemon juice, bourbon, Cognac, and bitters in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Chill up to one day in advance. Serve over fancy ice cubes.