Friday, March 2, 2012

Seattle Rumdrops: Toulouse Petit's Honey Badger

The Seattle Rumdrops weather report is back again and you don't need an umbrella...unless it happens to be a garnish. Toulouse Petit, located in the heart of the loqua (Lower Queen Anne) neighborhood, offers a Paduan twist on a prohibition-era cocktail named Bees Knees. This cocktail is titled, Honey Badger. Their website describes Toulouse Petit's New Orleans' cousine as a blend of many cultures. Their cocktails are too. Bees Knees is also a saying made popular in the 1920s meaning "the height of excellence". Fittingly, the Honey Badger cocktail is served in a Collins glass. Replacing the gin with Bacardi Gold Rum, maintaining the lemon and honey while adding Aperol and bitters makes for a tasty libation. Boothby's 1934 Reprint - World Drinks and How to Mix Them also calls for orange juice in the Bees Knees cocktail recipe. Aperol's bittersweet orange flavor works well and gives it some complexity without as much citrus sweetness of something like orange juice. What about the Angostura Bitters? Bitters makes it better! Unlike the Honey Badger animal, whose name it bares, this cocktail is  pleasantly refreshing and light. Also important, ordering it supports honey farmers and bee populations, which have been in rapid decline in recent years. The Honey Badger is one of several rum based cocktails on their menu to try. Stop by and enjoy it on special during happy hour for $7.50. Why not have another drink and help save the bees. Yes please!


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