Recipe courtesy of Brian Balthazar

Bees Knees Breeze

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I love the sourness of lemon and the sweetness of honey in a Bees Knees cocktail. But the classic version of this gin-based beverage can sometimes be a bit too strong for me, and I'm left buzzing (pun intended) a bit more than I'd like! I decided to create a variation that cuts down the booze quotient a bit, adds some fizz and uses lavender honey for even more herbal flavor that really complements the juniper flavor of the gin. The sparkle of the soda and the depth of flavor in lavender honey will set your drink apart. This is my go-to cocktail for any season!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Ingredients

Lavender Honey:

Cocktail:

Directions

  1. For the Lavender Honey (Makes 1 cup):
  2. Heat the honey and lavender flowers in a small saucepan over high heat until boiling, 4 to 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. Once cool, strain the mixture through a sieve, filtering out the lavender flowers. 
  3. For the Lavender Honey Syrup (Makes 1/2 cup): 
  4. Heat the lavender honey and water in a small saucepan or microwave until well combined. Allow to cool before adding to cocktails. If you are short on time, you can cool the syrup over an ice bath. 
  5. For the cocktail: 
  6. Put the sugar on a saucer or small plate. Glide 1 lemon wedge along the rim of the glass, then dip the rim in the sugar. Set aside.  
  7. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice and 1 ounce of the lavender honey syrup mixture and shake briskly. 
  8. Partially fill the sugar-rimmed glass with the drink and top with the club soda. Garnish with the remaining lemon wedge.  

Cook’s Note

For the lavender honey, you can also place the lavender flowers in a spice bag. Save the remaining honey for toast, tea and as a topping for brie or other cheeses. You can also use store-bought lavender honey. For the lavender honey syrup, the syrup can be refrigerated for 2 weeks.

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