We love that this 1920s inspired Lavender Bee's Knees gin cocktail recipe is both deliciously dry and has just the right amount of floral sweetness from the honey syrup. Add in our Lavender cocktail rim sugar for a bit of sparkle and Provencal flavor, and you're set.
The drink's name (minus the lavender part) dates back to the Roaring '20s in the U.S., when the term "bee's knees" was common slang for you to say something - or someone - was very attractive. (And it rolls off the tongue a bit smoother than similar terms of the time, including elephant’s adenoids and oyster’s earrings!)
First, you'll need to make Lavender Honey Syrup:
1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup hot water
1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender buds
Add the hot water into a bowl, then add your lavender buds. Whisk in the honey and keep whisking until evenly mixed. Let cool and allow the mixture to steep overnight (to really bring out the floral notes). The next day, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the lavender bits from your honey syrup. Don’t be in a rush on this step – it can take a bit for the syrup to be strained.
Next, make the cocktail!
4 oz gin
2 oz lavender honey syrup
2 oz lemon juice
Ice (for the shaker)
Dell Cove Spice Co.’s Lavender flavored Cocktail Rim Sugar
Rim your coupe cocktail glasses with our Lavender Cocktail Rim Sugar and set aside. Combine all of your cocktail drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously and then strain into a cocktail glass. You can garnish with a lavender sprig. Makes 2 drinks.