Our Lavender Bee’s Knees cocktail is a drink for gin lovers and gin haters alike. (Really.) The crowing touch: the lavender honey syrup. Simple to make, it’s the ingredient that adds a modern touch to this classic Art Deco cocktail.Print
Cut lemon for moistening the glass rim
4 oz. Gin
2 oz. Lavender honey syrup (recipe follows)
2 oz. Lemon juice
Lavender sprigs for garnish
For the Syrup:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup hot water
1 tsp dried organic culinary lavender buds
To make the lavender honey syrup, add the hot water into a bowl, then add the lavender buds. Whisk in the honey and keep whisking until evenly mixed. Let cool and allow the mixture to steep overnight (to really bring out the floral notes). The next day, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the lavender bits from your honey syrup. Don’t be in a rush on this step – it can take a bit for the syrup to be strained.
To make the cocktail, run the cut lime around the rims of two coupe style cocktail glasses and dip into the lavender flavored sugar. Set aside. Add the gin, lemon juice, lavender honey syrup and ice to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cover and shake vigorously until the shaker is chilled. Strain into the prepared cocktail glasses. Garnish with lavender spring and serve.
Want to learn how to rim a glass with cocktail sugar for your Lavender Bee’s Knees drinks, a different gin lavender cocktail recipe – or any martini drink? Check out our easy to follow recipe tutorial. Want to blend this Bees Knees cocktail recipe, rather than serve on the rocks? Add all liquids into a blender, along with 1 cup of crushed ice. Blend on high until blended to desired consistency, then pour into sugar rimmed glasses and serve.
Speaking of Art Deco-inspired drinks, we get asked A LOT about where we get our glassware. Short answer: it depends. Some of it has been passed down through our families, while some has been discovered at vintage shops during our travels out to visit different farms. (You can find vintage glassware treasures at estate sales, too!) Our collection is a bit big. But honestly? We use them. There’s something wonderful about serving a cocktail in vintage glass that makes even a casual mid-week meal feel special.
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