The Bee's Knees

A Cool Drink for a Hot Day - Make and Shake a Bee's Knees to refresh your taste buds and charge your battery. Buzz Savories artisanal honey guarantees fine flavor.
Prep Time : 15 minutes
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Servings : 2 people

The Bee's Knees

When temperatures rise on Great Plains of Nebraska, I make and shake my favorite cooler, The Bees Knees, a fresh fruit drink or classic cocktail. The Bees Knees blends Buzz Savories artisanal honey, freshly squeezed lemons and a splash of orange juice into a cooling and vitamin-packed drink.

The classic Bee’s Knees cocktail consists of gin, lemon juice and honey. Start by making a honey syrup to melt the honey. To make the syrup blend one part honey to one-third part hot water. Example 3 Tb. honey to 1 Tb. very hot water. Mix and refrigerate.

The Bee's Knees

When you’re ready, fill a cocktail shaker (or quart jar with a lid) with ice and add 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 3⁄4 oz. Buzz Savories honey syrup, and 2 oz. gin (if you are making a cocktail). Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Some variations on the Bee’s Knees theme include adding a splash of orange juice or substituting lime juice for the lemon. If you divide one drink between two Champagne glasses and fill the rest with bubbly, you’ll find yourself with a French 75, or if you want more of a sipping drink, pour the ingredients over ice and top it off with club soda to create a different take on a Tom Collins.

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The Bee's Knees

A Cool Drink for a Hot Day - Make and Shake a Bee's Knees to refresh your taste buds and charge your battery. Buzz Savories artisanal honey guarantees fine flavor.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Buzz Savories Honey,, Easy Cooking, flavor rich, healthy, picnic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 cocktail shaker or 1 qt. glass jar with lid
  • 1 orange and lemon squeezer

What You'll Need:

  • 2 Tbs Buzz Savories artisanal honey
  • 1 Tbs. hot water
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 splash freshly squeezed orange juice (optional)
  • 2 jiggers or 6 oz. gin (optional)
  • 8 medium ice cubes

How To Prepare:

  • Because honey does not melt in cold liquids and will form a ball, mix honey with ½ Tb. really hot water and stir until honey dissolves. To serve more people, make a simple syrup with honey - 3 parts honey to 1 part boiling water. Stir to blend, cover and refrigerate.
  • Juice 2-3 lemons and (optional) 1 orange. Orange juice makes a sweeter drink. Your preference.
  • Combine the fresh juices and honey syrup and (gin, optional) into a cocktail shaker or a quart jar with a lid, add ice, and shake vigorously. Then strain into 2 glasses and garnish with a ribbon of lemon peel. Serve icy cold.

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