The Lazy Bear Cocktail

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to San Francisco for the wedding of my friends David and Jeanette. David’s behind the underground meals of Lazy Bear in SF, where he serves some amazing dishes. (Seriously, amazing. Go check out his blog if you haven’t before.) Rather than go with a traditional caterer, David and Jeanette wisely hired a high-quality taco truck to park outside the reception and provide us with all the tacos we pleased, a privilege I abused with gusto. I would love to see more weddings do this, especially if I can pose as a guest and score free tacos.

In this case I was earning my tacos with some drink making. David had asked if, as my wedding gift, I’d be willing to come up with a few cocktails and serve them for a while at the reception. I figured this would be a great way to meet women while doing something I’m good at (bartending) rather than something I’m terrible at (dancing), so of course I said yes. David also requested that one of the drinks be called a Lazy Bear. This suggested to me using honey syrup, and after some fun experimentation I came up with this for the wedding:

3/4 oz Jamaican rum (preferably Smith and Cross)
3/4 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz honey syrup (1:1 honey and water)
3/4 oz lime juice
2 dashes Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

Shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Optionally garnish with an edible flower, but it’s aromatic enough as is and lazy bears don’t have time for flower picking.

Lastly, congratulations to David and Jeanette! The “ceremony-ish thing” was beautiful, touching, and at times hilarious, and I’m happy for you both.


  1. Ouroboros says:

    Reads like a tasty recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

    Did you clarify the lime juice? would you recommend that?

  2. Jacob Grier says:

    @Ouroboros: Thanks! In this case I don’t think clarifying the lime juice would be worth the trouble, with honey syrup and aged spirits already involved. Just shake it up and enjoy.

  3. Thank you so much! As I’ve said a million times, this cocktail was amazing. I loved it. Probably my favorite cocktail ever. The Smith & Cross gave it such an awesome and funky flavor.

  4. Mmm love the sound of that cocktail. I think honey works really well as a sweetener especially when partnered with whiskey. and tell us.. was the bar tending a good way to meet women?!

  5. Barzelay says:

    Made one this afternoon. Tried it with a pinch of salt. Was awesome! Try them side by side, with and without the salt.

  6. Ryan Seals says:

    Thanks, Jacob. Actually bought a bottle of Smith/Cross just to make this drinky. Not disappointed. Used local VC avocado honey and Rittenhouse. Made it for the visiting In Laws, who drank happily despite medication-related alcohol prohibition. Very yummy. Strangely, almost ginger candylike. The 2010 barrel bitters actually counter the rubberband rum quite formidably. Bravo!

  7. Ryan Seals says:

    Also… skipped the whole on the rocks thing,.

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