We had spent most of this cloudy summer day perusing through a few antique shops looking for neat bar-ware and photo props to be used in the photos for the blog when Mrs. Nom mentioned that it was National Rum Day. Of course with us being a blog that focuses a great deal on cocktails, we couldn’t let a day devoted to any good spirit go by with out a cocktail, so we whipped this one up out of a cocktail book we found while antiquing, “The Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink” which sounded like nice way to finish off our day.
The Bee’s Kiss is a relatively simple cocktail,with only three ingredients needed, but that simplicity can hide the one little catch. The original recipe calls for the use of straight honey as the sweetener, which can sometimes be a bit hard to work with as the honey will often not dissolve into the rest of the drink, leaving the drink overly boozy and not nearly sweet enough. Honey can often times be difficult to pour and measure, and when placed in a shaker with ice, can often crystallize, making it nearly impossible to incorporate into the drink. Having worked with honey on a number of other cocktails, we decided to swap out the straight honey for a rich honey syrup which helped balance the drink and give it a nice sweetness. Incorporating the richness of cream and the sweet floral notes of honey with the smoothness of a nice aged rum, the Bee’s Kiss will definitely put you in the land of Milk and Honey!
- 2 oz Aged Rum
- 3/4 oz heavy cream
- 1 oz honey syrup
- 1 cup honey
- 3/4th cup water
- Place rum, cream and honey syrup into a shaker and add ice.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a cocktail coupe and enjoy!
- Place honey and water in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
- Stir until honey and water are fully incorporated.
- Allow to cool and refrigerate.