The Bee's Knees

As I was looking for another use for the fancy gin I purchased last week, I came across this delightful concoction - The Bee's Knees.

Apparently the original recipe dates back to the 1920's, but I like this updated version I found in Epicurious which includes an infusion of fresh lavender.

Plus, I think it's just fun to say bee's knees, bee's knees, bee's knees...

If you live in the SF Bay Area, you might be interested in this list of local establishments mixing up drinks with contain honey.

The Bee's Knees

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms
  • 1/4 cup honey*
  • 6 tablespoons gin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix hot water and dried lavender blossoms in a bowl. Let steep 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/4 cup honey. Strain into another bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of the honey syrup, gin, and lemon juice; strain into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into 2 chilled Martini glasses.

*Rather than using a supermarket brand honey, I highly recommend tracking down a high-quality, hand-crafted variety for this drink. It will provide added depth to the flavor and give you one more excuse to get out and support your local farmer's market.