2 ounces bourbon
¾ ounces lemon juice (preferably Meyer)
¾ ounces nettle syrup*
Combine in a mixing glass, add ice, stir and pour over crushed ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Rim the glass with a lemon peel and place in cocktail.
1 cup water¾ cup sugar
¼ cup molasses (an ode to the Great Molasses Flood)
2 cups nettles
Juice of half a lemon
Heat water, sugar, and molasses over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and, wearing clean kitchen gloves or using tongs, add nettle leaves. Steep for at least half an hour. Strain and add lemon.
PAIGE MCKISSOCK is part-owner of Hive along with her husband, Graham McKissock, and their friends Lance and Alexis Davis. Hive is a mobile bar service that operates out of two Airstream trailers that Graham and Lance renovated into full bars. www.hive-events.com