Lavender Bees Knees
Recipe by Marielle Elizabeth
Gin forward and herbaceous, a drink that was born during the height of prohibition to conceal the slightly less than drinkable bathtub gin. I promise it tastes better with quality gin - but hey no judgement here, gin is gin. And we're old friends anyways, just raising a glass to the starry night above.
- Lemon Zest
- Culinary-grade dried lavender
- Raw White Honey
- Fresh Lemon
- Plum Bitters
- A fistful of ice
To Make Simple Syrup
- Measure out a 1 cup of sugar into a mortar and pestle. Zest a lemon on top of the sugar and work the zest together with the sugar until it is damp and fragrant.
- Add lemon sugar to a saucepan with 1/2 a cup of water and over medium heat bring just shy of a boil. Stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Take off the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of lavender to the simple syrup and let steep for five minutes.
- Strain out lavender with a cocktail strainer and add roughly 1/2 cup of raw honey to the syrup.
- Let cool and store in a refrigerator for up to one week. To extend the life of the syrup add 1 tsp of gin or vodka.
To Make Lavender Bees Knees
- Measure out equal parts Lavender Simple Syrup, Gin and freshly squeezed lemon juice. For a single cocktail use 1.5 ounces of each.
- Add all three ingredients to a shaker with two cubes of ices and shake until well combined and ice cold.
- Strain and serve in a coup | martini glass, with a dash or two of plum bitters.
- Garnish with honeycomb whenever, if ever possible. I assure you it's worth it.