The Bee’s Knees Cocktail

September 20, 2014 by Amanda Willis

I must admit that I favor vodka drinks and when I am creating something new, vodka is always the main ingredient. There are so many tasty cocktails out there that I knew I needed to expand my horizons, and gin was first in line. Gin has a very distinct flavor, made from juniper so it has a very piney taste to it, many people say it tastes like a Christmas tree, so needless to say I had some doubts. Yet my whole family drinks gin and I hear it is a great summery cocktail so now is the time! My tastebuds were in a for a treat!  While I was getting my feet wet, if you will, I knew I had to mask the taste. And no that is not cheating! I wanted to make a light, refreshing cocktail and normally the sweeter the better. Simple syrup are perfect for this. Doing some research, I learned that to kick cocktails up an extra notch, to make a gastrique rather than a plain old simple syrup. What the hell is a gastrique you ask? Normally used in cooking, it is a french sauce made of reduced sugar, vinegar and herbs. So the same idea as a simple syrup, just with some more flavor. After much shaking and sipping, I found the perfect mix. Enjoy this recipe for a Gin Bee’s Knee’s Cocktails…

Bee’s Knee’s

2 oz Gin

2 oz Lemonade

1 oz Honey Syrup* (See below for recipe)

Lemon Wedge and Thyme Sprigs for Garnish

In a shaker, combine ice and all ingredients and shake until frothy. Pour into glass and garnish with fresh lemon, thyme and a paper straw, of course…

Honey Syrup

In a small sauce pan boil one cup of white vinegar with a few sprigs of thyme. In another pan, simmer one cup of honey or agave syrup. Once vinegar is boiling and honey is simmering, combine into one pan. Let the mixture reduce and thicken on a medium low heat. This is something you want to keep an eye on as it can burn easily and turn too thick. When it is at the perfect consistency, strain out thyme and pour into squirt bottle and let cool.


Alas, I am now a gin drinker! This is a must try this season! Our guests, much like myself, are drawn to the vodka, but they loved this drink. It was definitely the bee’s knee’s :)




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