I feel like everyone who is a cocktail lover has a signature cocktail, one that seems to sum them up just right with the appropriate balance of fizz, tang, and sweetness. As I started to fix my personal signature cocktail the other night (French 75 all the way) James (craft beers are his love language) and I decided to figure out what the Honey Trust signature cocktail might be....
And immediately the Bee's Knee's came to mind! Not just because, yes, it has honey. And, yes, the name is the Bee's Knees.
But we chose it because of the balance between ingredients (especially gin) that make this cocktail so different depending on what honey, gin, and herbs you use! Gin, much like honey, is dependent on the botanical variety for the spectrum of flavors you taste when you sip it. So obviously we had to sample a few to make sure they really fit the bill, and we decided to make one that was entirely South Carolinian.
Needless to say it was incredible! Give it a try next time you're headed out for an afternoon of front porch sitting, or for us out for a walk with the pups, and let us know what you think!
South Carolinian Bee's Knees
1½ oz gin, Bulrush Gin (South Carolina crafted)
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz honey*
garnish with herbs from the garden or your local farmers market!
I recommend heating the honey with a small amount of water and even adding some of your herbs to the mix while its heating to make mixing the honey easier (I add a a few sprigs of mint and basil to mine for a light fresh taste).
You can also make batches of this and freeze or refrigerate for later use!