Woodford Reserve Panna Cotta with Woodford Honey and Black Berries

From Chef Ouita Michel


Panna Cotta

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups whole Milk
  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin

Woodford Honey and Black Berries

  • 1/2 cup local honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Woodford Reserve
  • Fresh black berries or your favorite berry for garnish


1. Combine the cream, sugar, orange zest, along with the scraped vanilla bean in a sauce pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add the Woodford Reserve to the hot liquid and turn off the flame.

2. In a bowl, sprinkle the gelatin across the top of the milk and let bloom or soften for a few minutes. Strain the hot cream over the gelatin and whisk together to make sure all the gelatin is dissolved.

3. Lightly spray 4 ounce custard cups with a pan release spray and pour the custard mix into the molds. Refrigerate at least 6 hours but best over night.

4. For the sauce: Gently heat the honey, stir in the Woodford Reserve.

5. To present: Run a little paring knife around the custard and coax out of the mold. Drizzle the Woodford honey over the top and garnish with the fresh berries.