Loads has modified since final March, however one factor that’s the identical from March 2020 to March 2021 is the thrill within the air as winter fades into the background. Birds chirping, flowers begging to bloom and never a snowflake in sight — these nods to spring make life slightly brighter, particularly within the midst of a world pandemic. One option to have fun spring’s arrival (and your energy for making it by means of winter) is to make a cocktail that enhances the season’s magnificence. This bee’s knees cocktail does simply that.  

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This cocktail makes use of gin as its spirit. Gin will get its most predominant taste from juniper berries, but it surely may also be distilled with a wide range of elements like citrus and spices. The fruity aromas of the spirit make it good for mild spring cocktails, from a cucumber martini all the way down to this artistic gin mule recipe.  Along with gin, this recipe requires lemon and honey syrup (which you make from scratch). 

The honey syrup offers the drink its refined sweetness and can be what lends the Bee’s Knees its enjoyable title. To make the syrup you will want honey and water, two elements you possible have already got in your kitchen. Add the honey and water to a saucepan over medium warmth and stir till the honey has dissolved. If you wish to add extra taste and perfume to the cocktail, attempt including some dried lavender to the combination. As soon as the honey has dissolved and the liquid is cool, you should utilize it to make eight bee’s knees cocktails. 

After whipping up this refreshing cocktail, get pleasure from it at a digital or socially distanced out of doors blissful hour with some family and friends. Not a fan of gin? No worries. Take a look at extra of our cocktail recipes that pair effectively with dinner right here. 

Recipe by Leah Eskin, initially in The Chicago Tribune.


For the cocktail:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 2 tablespoons honey syrup (recipe follows)
  • Ice

For the honey syrup:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water


For the cocktail:

Step 1: Use a vegetable peeler to strip off a large size of zest from the lemon. Use a five-hole zester to strip off some skinny lengths of zest. Halve and squeeze the lemon.

Step 2: Measure gin, syrup and a couple of tablespoons lemon juice right into a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake. Pressure right into a glass.

Step 3: Say you may’t discover the cocktail shaker. Use a pint jar with a screw high. Not as trendy, however does the trick.

Step 4: Do not forget that extensive strip of lemon zest? Fold it, yellow-side down, over the rim of the glass. Slide it across the rim.

Step 5: Garnish cocktail with a strip or two of the thin zest. Or, for those who’ve flavored the honey syrup, garnish with just a few thyme leaves or lavender blossoms.

Step 6: Drink up.

For the honey syrup:

Step 1: Measure right into a small saucepan 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water.

Step 2: Set over medium warmth, and stir till honey has dissolved, about 1 minute.

Step 3: You may get fancy right here and add just a few dried lavender flowers or a stem of recent thyme.

Step 4: Let cool. Pressure (if want be). Makes about 1 cup (sufficient for 8 drinks).



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