2 lemon slices, 1/4 inch thick, plus more for garnish
3–4 large basil leaves, plus more for garnish
¾ oz anise honey simple syrup (recipe above)
2 ounces bourbon whiskey
2 dashes orange bitters
anise honey simple syrup
In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil then turn off heat and add anise seeds. Steep for 15 minutes, then strain out seeds and discard. Add honey to anise water and stir until dissolved. Store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
honey basil whiskey sour
In a shaker, muddle lemon slices and basil to release juices and oils. Add anise honey simple syrup, whiskey and bitters. Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker and shake until chilled.
Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice and strain the mixture over top. Garnish with a basil leaf and lemon slice.