Get the recipe for Hay Fever from amaro bar, Before + After

This recipe from George Curtis in Brisbane is one of the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year.

This drink is one of the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2023 — you can see the full Top 50 here.

Hay Fever recipe


  • 40ml Basil Hayden bourbon
  • 20ml Amaro Nonino
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 20ml peated rice orgeat

Garnish with bee pollen half rim.

For the peated rice orgeat:
Peated rice orgeat is made by simmering brown rice with peated scotch for 5 minutes to allow the starch to release, before adding water and raw sugar to create a starchy, peated syrup.


From the drink’s creator, George Curtis:

“The drink is inspired by the Cameron’s Kick, my favourite whiskey cocktail. I always order a CK with peated scotch rather than your standard single or blended malt so that’s where the peated rice orgeat comes in, and I’ve long supported Bee One Third, who do great work in the conservation of honey bees in Queensland, hence the use of bee pollen on the rim. Amaro and bourbon is such a brilliant combination too, so it made sense to split the base between the two, rather than use two whiskey’s as per the classic specs.”

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