Saturday, March 5

A Sip of Southern

The Bee's Knees sure is a honey of a drink. With bright notes of lemon and honey, it's like liquid sunshine. Originally a cocktail from the 1920's, the Bee's Knees has found sort of a resurgence and I must say, I am besotted. I picked up some Orange Blossom honey from my recent trip to Florida which adds another note of depth. Be sure to use a good gin, y'all, as it elevates the drink to a whole new level. One sip and it'll have you doing the Charleston. Cheers!

The Bee's Knees
4 ounces Gin {I prefer Bombay Sapphire}
1 1/2 ounces Honey Syrup
1 ounce Freshly Squeezed Lemon
Optional Garnishes: Lemon Curls or Rosemary Sprig

Honey Syrup:
1 1/2 cups Honey
1/2 Water
1/4 cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 teaspoon Grated Lemon Zest

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat to a boil while stirring. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by one-fourth. Set aside until cool. Using a funnel, pour into a clean container and store in the refrigerator. Keeps for several months. Yields about 1 3/4 cups.

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