We named this cocktail after my memoir. It's got a lot of flavor, and just a little hint of spice.
For the honey syrup:
Bring equal parts of honey and water to a simmer. Cool it down and pour it into a bottle. It will keep for months in the refrigerator.
For the ginger beer:
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a saucepan, then strain through a fine strainer lined with several layers of cheesecloth. Pour into bottles and refrigerate. This makes 2 quarts and will keep for about 1 week.
For the cocktail:
Rub the mint sprigs between your palms and drop them into an old-fashioned glass.
To a cocktail shaker, add the honey syrup, ginger beer, pineapple juice, lime juice, and vodka. Fill with ice and shake.
Pour the drink into the old-fashioned glass and garnish with the mint leaf.