Aberfeldy is also known as The Golden Dram thanks to the honeyed richness it delivers in every drop, and Aberfeldy Barrels & Bees is bringing together honey and whisky for a good cause.

Following an educational day, thanks to The Urban Beehive Sydney, bartenders learned about honey, conversation, why bees are important and using honey in drinks. Using that knowledge and a supply of local honey back in their bars, bartenders have got creative, putting their spin on the Aberfeldy classics – the Hot Toddy and the Golden Dram.

Now those bars are serving those cocktails throughout August with Aberfeldy making a donation to the Wheen Bee Foundation for every cocktail sold. The Wheen Bee Foundation is an Australian bee charity that promotes the importance of bees for food security, and raises funds for research that addresses the national and global threats to bees.

Hayley Loveridge, Aberfeldy Brand Manager, said: “Just like honey, Aberfeldy whisky is available across the world. Urban beehives are thriving across Australia and we are proud to partner with local producers, incorporating delicious tasting honey which is unique to cities into Aberfeldy cocktails.”

Head into the following venues and enjoy their Aberfeldy cocktails:

  • Drawing inspiration from the Paredes de Coura festival in Portugal Aria have created a cacao butter infused Aberfeldy 12 year old paired with Urban Beehive Sydney Honey, Orange Blossom syrup and oat milk, finished with a dash of vanilla oil. Parendes is available at Aria during August.
  • Golden Tower is a riff on the French 75. Topped with sparkling wine, a long, modern classic compliments the honey notes of Aberfeldy with a hint of orange. Order yours from Burrow Bar this August.
  • Miso Honey created by the Hickson House team is a sweet and savoury riff of an Old Fashioned. Inspired by the honey notes in Aberfeldy 12 year old they crafted a drink that really allows the orange and Urban Beehive Inner West honey to both shine.
  • Jolene’s and Nola have combined forces to create a twist on the classic Penicillin, this cocktail blends Mezcal and Chartreuse with Aberfeldy 12 year old, leaving a spiced and citrus forward drink aptly named Bittersweet.
  • The calming characteristics of the mandarin & chamomile tea syrup play with both the honey notes in Aberfeldy 12 year old and the Urban Beehive Bondi honey to create a complex and soothing whisky drink. The Olden Goldie from Rosie Campbell’s is highly recommended if you are introducing yourself to the whisky cocktail category.
  • Smoke Bar at Barangaroo House created the Bee-side – a twist on a Red Hook. Stirred down, textual, and floral. The Urban Beehive Sydney honey adds notes of umami giving the drink body.
  • Apple meets the honey notes of Aberfeldy 12 year old in the Taste Aux Pomme “Smoked Apple Tart” cocktail from the Sofitel in Darling Harbour.
  • Stitch has reinvented the whisky cocktail and delivered a long and refreshing number that could be confused for a pint. Served with a side of dark chocolate you can’t go wrong.
  • The Bank crafted a classic hot toddy done well. Aberfeldy 12 year old pairs perfectly with the Urban Beehive honey collection
  • Leading into the colder months, The Baxter Inn created a spiced driven cocktail, focusing on a bigger, richer flavours with a strong secondary citrus focus. Head in to enjoy the Smokey Joe’s cocktail today.
  • The Doss House was also inspired by the Urban Beehive initiative, creating a highball honouring the honey production process through a tall, refreshing winter highball. Head in and order the Heather n’ Leather Highball this August.
  • The Duke of Clarence has crafted the Hot Toddy with their spiced honey mix. This cocktail blends together Inner West honey from the Urban Beehive with fennel seeds, peppercorn, cinnamon, star anise, clove, rosemary, lemon and orange peel with a warming hint of ginger.
  • The Copper Queen by The Swinging Cat is a classic with a chocolate twist. An Old Fashioned with primary notes of the honey in Aberfeldy 12 year old, paired with chocolate and orange citrus.
  • The Honey Helper is tall, refreshing and sweetened with The Urban Beehive Sydney honey. This highball is perfect to sip on in the winter sun. Enjoy at both Zushi Barangaroo and Zushi Surry Hills throughout August.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of TheShout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both TheShout and Bars and Clubs.

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