Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Bees Knees

Batch 206 Gin cocktail Bees Knees Lime
A bees knees has become my recent favorite cocktail to work off of at home. It is so easy to make and there are so many things you can add to it. Yesterday I ended up with what I think is my favorite variation of the drink yet.  A traditional Bees Knees contains 2 oz Gin, 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice, 3/4 oz honey syrup (1:1 water and honey mixture) and a lemon twist for garnish. I've been playing around with adding in half lime juice, switching out the lemon for lime completely and adding in weird bitters to the mix. Here is what I ended up with yesterday... not really even a Bees Knees cocktail anymore but delicious nonetheless.

2 oz gin (lately I've been enjoying Seattle's own Counter Gin from Batch 206 Distillery)
1 oz lime juice
3/4 oz honey syrup (1:1 water and honey mixture)
2 dashes of dandelion & burdock bitters (you can switch this out for another bitter... lavender, aromatic, orange or no bitters at all)

add ingredients to a shaker and shake with ice until the shaker becomes frosty. Strain into a glass with ice then add the following:
a splash of citrus soda (I used Gazzosa soda which can be purchased at Sugar Pill on Capitol Hill)
a sprig of basil

Now, what in the world do I call this outlandish metamorphosis of a Bees Knees? Bees Ricky, Lime Basil Bee, Gin Fizzbee... Okay, so I'm good at making cocktails but not so good at naming them.
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