I am deeply thankful to call Fayetteville, Arkansas home, and was super excited that this little part of the world was recently recognized as the third best place to live by U.S. News and World Reports. Data driven and unbiased, this conclusion was based on factors such as quality of life, a strong economy, and the excellence of the local schools. I found the components of the Rosa Mae cocktail as interesting and varied and wonderful as those of my adopted home town. Cheers!!
1 cup gin
1 tea bag
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
6 tablespoons Licor 43
Combine gin and tea bag in a measuring cup. Let steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bag. Stir honey and 1 1/2 teaspoons of water in a small bowl and add to the tea-infused gin. Mix in lime juice and Licor 43.
Fill 2 glasses with ice cubes. Pour half of mixture into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into prepared glasses, dividing equally. Top each with a splash of soda water. Discard ice in shaker and repeat to make 2 more cocktails. Garnish each drink with a lime wedge and a dash of bitters.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, February 2012