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Bee’s Knees and Bourbon Infused Lemonade – They’re a Honey of a Pair!

Bee’s Knees and Bourbon Infused Lemonade – They’re a Honey of a Pair!

If you’re from the South chances are you’re quite familiar with simple syrup. After all, you can’t make a decent sweet tea without it. But there’s another nectar infused syrup that you might not know about – honey syrup – and it’s the perfect touch for these fun cocktails!

Honey syrup is made just like simple syrup with the honey subbing for the sugar. The honey melts into a naturally sweet liquid making it perfect for polishing up these two very different cocktails, one shaken and one stirred. Let’s start with shaking.

The Bee’s Knees is a cocktail said to have originated during the days of Prohibition. It’s a simple concoction of a smooth gin with its notes of juniper and citrus, accented with freshly squeezed lemon juice and a splash of that sweet honey syrup.

Considered a member of the family of sour cocktails, recipes for the Bees’s Knees vary on the amount of honey syrup. Don’t be afraid to tweak it to get just the right taste for your palate. Quite simply it is the “bee’s knees” – it’s the best!

Now let’s stir. Though the Bourbon Infused Lemonade is on a completely different flavor profile it’s also sweetened with that delectable honey syrup. This cocktail starts with the warm, subtle spice of bourbon then it’s brightened with lemonade, sparkling lemon soda and fresh mint all smoothed out with honey syrup.

Just add ice and give it a stir!

Cold, crisp and refreshing – The Bee’s Knees and Bourbon Infused Lemonade – They’re a honey of a pair!

Bee’s Knees

2 ounces good gin, about 4 tablespoons, preferably Plymouth Gin

¾ ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 1-1/2 tablespoons

1 to 2 tablespoons honey syrup, or enough to suit your taste

Lemon twists for garnish

In a cocktail shaker add the gin along with the lemon juice and the honey syrup.

Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the cocktail is well chilled.

Pour into a coupe and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Bourbon Infused Lemonade with Honey Syrup

1-1/2 ounces good bourbon or whiskey, about 3 tablespoons

¼ cup lemonade

¼ cup lemon flavored soda or club soda

1 to 2 tablespoons honey syrup, or enough to suit your taste

4 to 5 fresh mint leaves

Garnish – Additional fresh mint sprig and a slice of fresh lemon

Pour the bourbon into a tall glass along with the lemonade, the lemon soda and the honey syrup.  Crush the fresh mint leaves and drop them into the glass.

Fill with ice and stir to mix. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.

Honey Syrup

1-1/2 cups honey

1 cup water

Combine the honey and the water in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat stirring until the honey is melted into the water. Cool and refrigerate.

Bee's Knees, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

May 25, 2018
: Makes one cocktail

A simple concoction of smooth gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sweet honey syrup.

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Ingredients
  • For the Honey Syrup:
  • 1-1/2 cups honey
  • 1 cup water
  • For the Bee's Knees:
  • 2 ounces good gin, about 4 tablespoons, preferably Plymouth Gin
  • ¾ ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 1-1/2 tablespoons
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey syrup, or enough to suit your taste
  • Lemon twists for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 For the Honey Syrup:
  • Step 2 Combine the honey and the water in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat stirring until the honey is melted into the water.
  • Step 3 Cool and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Step 4 For the Bee’s Knees:
  • Step 5 In a cocktail shaker add the gin along with the lemon juice and the honey syrup.
  • Step 6 Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the cocktail is well chilled.
  • Step 7 Pour into a coupe and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Bourbon Infused Lemonade with Honey Syrup, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

May 25, 2018

Bourbon brightened with lemonade, sparkling lemon soda and the aromatics of fresh mint all smoothed out with honey syrup. Add ice and stir!

By:

Ingredients
  • For the Honey Syrup:
  • 1-1/2 cups honey
  • 1 cup water
  • For the Bourbon Infused Lemonade:
  • 1-1/2 ounces good bourbon or whiskey, about 3 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup lemonade
  • ¼ cup lemon flavored soda or club soda
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey syrup, or enough to suit your taste
  • 4 to 5 fresh mint leaves
  • Garnish – Additional fresh mint sprig and a slice of fresh lemon
Directions
  • Step 1 For the Honey Syrup:
  • Step 2 Combine the honey and the water in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat stirring until the honey is melted into the water.
  • Step 3 Cool and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Step 4 For the Bourbon Infused Lemonade:
  • Step 5 Pour the bourbon into a tall glass along with the lemonade, the lemon soda and the honey syrup.
  • Step 6 Crush the fresh mint leaves and drop into the glass.
  • Step 7 Fill with ice and stir to mix.
  • Step 8 Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.


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