We love the flavors in this classic gin cocktail, light and herbal with the lavender, perfectly citrusy with the lemon! Cheers to summer with this Lavender Bee’s Knees!
We have been busy the last few weeks wrapping up the end of summer by finding ways to use our fresh herbs from our garden before the cold nights of fall finish off our herbs. One of the herbs we have been really enjoying is our lavender, which finally has established itself enough to bloom, its purple flowers fragrantly floral in the late summer sun.
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Lavender Bee’s Knees
We have enjoyed using lavender in some of our previous cocktails like the Brandy and Blackberry Lavender Shrub. Using lavender added a rich floral freshness to the recipe, too. We then decided to use a lavender infused simple syrup to make a delicious summer sipping cocktail, the Lavender Bee’s Knees.
What is the history of the Bee’s Knees?
The Bee’s Knees is a delicious classic cocktail recipe that has been around since prohibition. Bee’s Knees got its name from the popular 1920’s phrase “It’s the bee’s knees,” meaning the best. The Bee’s Knees is a take off of the old standby, the Gin Sour cocktail, but uses honey to add a rich complex sweetness to the drink.
Likely the change from the classic sour recipe to add a big dose of honey syrup used in the original. It was to add an overwhelming sweetness to hide the questionable flavors of the bathtub gin that was common in the 1920’s.
When we started making the Lavender Bee’s Knees, we found the original seemed a little sweet, especially for a summer sipper. We also were running a little short for the amount of honey the original recipe called to make the honey simple syrup.
What makes this Bee’s Knees different?
Since we had a nice lavender infused simple syrup that we have been playing around with, we decided to sub in the lavender simple syrup for some of the honey syrup. It took this Lavender Bee’s Knees down a whole different road than the original by adding a rich floral note.
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We used a nice light gin, Hendrick’s, which has a nice hint of floral sweetness that worked really well with the lavender syrup, too. Fresh squeezed lemon juice brings a tart component that works really well with gin, making the Lavender Bee’s Knees a nice crisp cocktail good for sipping on a late summer evening.
We love a bit of honey to keep the rich sweetness and unique flavor that honey brings, and we hope that you try it with the floral flavor of the lavender.
What Ingredients are Needed for the Lavender Bee’s Knees?
- Lavender Simple Syrup
- Lavender Sprigs
- Lemon Juice
- Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
Crisp and tart with a floral sweetness, we found ourselves sipping this on our porch as the sun set on a couple of wonderful warm evenings the past few weeks.
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Bee’s Knees Cocktails
- Fig Bee’s Knees – Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
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- Bee’s Knees – Liquor.com
- Thyme Bee’s Knees – Salt and Bitters
Other Lavender Cocktails
- Lavender French 75 – Lively Table
- Blackberry Lavender Gin & Tonic – Super Golden Bakes
- Lemon Lavender Gin Fizz – The Charming Detroiter
- Lavender Collins – Fox & Briar
- Sparkling Lavender Cocktail – Cooking LSL
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A lavender twist on the classic bee's knees cocktail, with gin and honey.
For the Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 4-5 sprigs of lavender and/or flowers
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
For the Cocktail
- 1 oz Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz gin
For the Cocktail
Add the ingredients to a shaker.
Fill shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into a cocktail coupe.
Garnish with a sprig of Lavender.
For the Lavender Simple Syrup
Bring sugar, honey and water to a boil, take off of heat, and add lavender sprigs.
Let sit for 15 minutes, strain out sprigs.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 30.2gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 6.4gProtein: 0.3g
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