February 22nd, 2016
You may well know by now that I live and sleep (I just have to boast) with one of the most talented bartenders in the world. He is my husband.Â I’m not quiet about this fact. I actually talk about it a lot.
It’s also no secret that in our house, we love to drink. Sometimes I find myself worrying about what all my sweet friends on Instagram will think in regards to the frequency that I discuss how much I love drinking. All over. Any day. Even in the shower.
However, what I don’t talk about all the time is why. For Burley and I, sharing a drink holds a lot of weight. It’s part of the memories we make. It’s part of gathering together with friends and sharing life. It’s a kind gesture. It’s a moment of relaxation. It’s the 10 minutes we get to sit on the couch and catch up at 2am. It’s the late night on our front porch praying for direction and clarity. It’s part of how we share and commune.
For Burley, it’s also an art. A creative outlet. And a gift that he used to honor a dear friend that we lost just a few months ago.
Gregg Ivey was a rambling man of sorts who had the purest of hearts and a smile/giggle that came from a very deep, good place in his soul. He was truly one the good ones and the hole he left in our lives will forever be aÂ sting that never fades.
Burley created and named this drink for him, andÂ now is sharing it with the world. My guess is that it will make people feel good, put big smiles on their faces, and be a part of conversations aboutÂ the things in life that mean something. The real stuff.
A perfect homage to a man who did the same for us. We love you, Gregg. Cheers.
1.5 oz Rittenhouse Rye
.75 oz Ciociaro
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
First, Burley created the lavender honey simple syrup by boiling together 2 parts water with 1 part honey and a few sprigs of lavender. Once it simmers all togetherÂ for about 2 minutes, strain the lavender from the mixture and cool.
To make the Ivey League, simply add all of the ingredients together in a shaker. Add ice. Shake hard. Double strain into your glass and garnish with a lemon peel.
Enjoy – preferably with someone you love.