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Sparkling Bee's Knees


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Ingredients

Build the drink

  • 1.25 Ounces Tanqueray® London Dry
  • .75 Ounce honey syrup
  • Champagne to top
  • .75 Ounce fresh lemon juice

Directions

Build the drink

Combine Tanqueray® London Dry, lemon juice and honey
syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake. Pour into a coupe or flute
glass and top with Champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish
with a lemon twist and brandied cherry.

To make honey syrup: Combine 3 parts honey and one part
hot water. Stir until fully incorporated. Chill before serving.


RECIPES

1.5 oz KOVAL Rye
.75 oz lemon juice
.5oz simple syrup
4 blackberries
sprig of mint
Muddle all ingredients except whiskey. Add Rye and shake with ice.
Strain and serve over ice with blackberry and mint as a garnish.

SEVENTY FIVE

2 oz KOVAL Dry Gin
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
2 oz sparkling wine
Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. Strain and top with sparkling wine.
Garnish with a twist of lemon.

SUMMER DAY LEMONADE

1.5 oz KOVAL Bourbon
4 oz lemonade
Build over ice and serve with a slice of lemon and/or mint.

MIDWEST FIZZ

2 oz KOVAL Cranberry Gin Liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup
egg white
splash of soda water
Dry shake all ingredients except soda. Add ice and shake even more.
Strain and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of orange.

100% MANHATTAN

2 oz KOVAL Rye
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Stir ingredients with ice. Strain and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

2 oz KOVAL Dry Gin
4 oz tonic water
Pour ingredients over ice and serve garnished with slices of cucumber.

ROSEMARY SMASH

2 oz KOVAL Bourbon
.5 oz simple syrup
lemon wedge
sprig of rosemary
Muddle lemon and rosemary. Add Bourbon, simple syrup, and ice.
Shake, strain, and serve over ice with a sprig of rosemary.

CRANBERRY CONVO

2 oz KOVAL Cranberry Gin Liqueur
1 oz KOVAL Dry Gin
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain and serve garnished with a lemon peel.

THE KOVAL CURE

1.5 oz KOVAL Rye
6 oz hot water
.5 oz honey
.5 oz lemon juice
Stir ingredients together. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick.

NEGRONI IN THE AIR

1 oz KOVAL Dry Gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz bitter liqueur
Stir ingredients with ice. Strain and serve over ice with an orange peel garnish.

SWEET SCOUNDREL

2 oz KOVAL Rye
1 oz dry vermouth
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 oz grenadine
2 dashes orange bitters
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain and serve garnished with a lemon peel.

2.5 oz KOVAL Bourbon
1 sugar cube
10 mint leaves
splash of soda water
Muddle sugar and mint in a glass. Add ice, then Bourbon. Top with soda water, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

AUTUMN ORCHARD

2 oz KOVAL Cranberry Gin Liqueur
4 oz apple cider
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Build ingredients over ice and garnish with thinly sliced apple.


Sparkling Bee's Knees - Recipes

When the ingredients are good, you don't need many to make a cocktail great. Try one of these simple three-ingredient cocktails, perfect for everything from relaxing at the cabin to hosting a dinner party.

JUNIPER GIN & TONIC

Add one shot of Boreal Juniper Gin to a tall ice-filled glass. Add a squeeze of lime and top with tonic.

JUNIPER GIMLET

Shake 2 oz. Boreal Juniper Gin, 3/4 oz. lime juice, and 3/4 oz. simple syrup with ice until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

FRENCH 75

Shake 1 oz. Boreal Spruce Gin, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, and 1/2 oz. simple syrup with ice until chilled. Strain into a flute and top with brut sparkling wine.

BEE'S KNEES

Shake 2 oz. Boreal Spruce Gin, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, and 3/4 oz. honey syrup* with ice until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.

* To make honey syrup combine equal parts honey and water and stir until the honey dissolves.

SPRUCE MARTINI

Stir 3 oz. Boreal Spruce Gin, 1 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth, and 3 dashes orange bitters with ice until very, very cold. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Cedar Grapefruit Fizz

Add one shot of Boreal Cedar Gin to a glass filled with ice. Top with grapefruit soda and a squeeze of lime.

Cedar & Cider

Add a shot of Boreal Cedar Gin to a glass of fresh apple cider. Server hot or cold.

Cedar Negroni

Stir 1 1/2 oz. Boreal Cedar Gin, 1 oz. Aperol, and 1 oz. sweet vermouth with ice until chilled. Strain into a glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist.

Oslo Mule

Add a shot Ovrevann Aquavit to an ice filled glass. Top with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime.

Aquavit Lemonade

Add a shot of Ovrevann Aquavit to an ice filled glass. Top with fresh squeezed lemonade.

Aquavit Gimlet

Shake 2 oz. Ovrevann Aquavit, 3/4 oz. lime juice, and 3/4 oz. simple syrup with ice until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Norwegian Coffee

Add a shot of Voyageur Aquavit to a mug of strong coffee. Add brown sugar to taste plus cream or whipped cream.

Scandinavian Sidecar

Shake 2 oz. Voyageur Aquavit, 1/2 oz. Cointreau, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, and 1/4 oz. simple syrup with ice until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Voyageur Manhatten

Stir 2 oz. Voyageur Aquavit, 1 oz. sweet vermouth, and 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters with ice until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Moscow Mule

Add one shot of Lake Superior Vodka to an ice-filled glass. Top with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime.

North Shore

Shake 2 oz. Lake Superior Vodka, 1/2 oz. grapefruit juice, 1/4 oz. lime juice, and 1/2 oz. simple syrup with ice until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.


Bee’s Knees | An Easy 3-Ingredient Classic Cocktail with Honey and Gin

The Bee’s Knees cocktail is a classic drink that’s been around since the early 1900s. In recent years, with the rise of craft cocktails and home bartending, it’s regaining popularity. I’m glad it’s getting a lot of recognition these days.

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There are a lot of classic cocktails out there that I’d never heard of prior to making my own drinks at home. I’d heard of a Daiquiri, an Old Fashioned, a French 75, and a Whiskey Sour. But now that I’m taking this mixology hobby more seriously, I’ve discovered other classics like the South Side and the New York Sour, and now the Bee’s Knees.

I looked up the history of the Bee’s Knees cocktail and, like so many other classic drinks, it’s got a great story. And again, like so many others, its origins date back to the Prohibition.

During the Prohibition-era, referring to something as “the bee’s knees” was a common way to say something was the best. And you could say that this cocktail recipe was the bee’s knees at covering up the smell and taste of bathtub gin.

Wait- what? Bathtub gin? Remember that this recipe dates back to the Prohibition… which means that alcohol was outlawed. With no legal way to mass-produce liquor, innovative Americans came up with alternatives. Some was made in bathtubs, yes, but that’s really just a term to refer to illicit, homemade alcohol.

Gin was the easiest of the liquors to make, which is why there are so many Prohibition-era cocktails that use gin. It was really hard to mimic the flavors of bourbon and scotch since they couldn’t risk aging anything for fear of authorities discovering their stores. (Some people actually used dead rats, rotten meat, and wood tar in attempts to emulate these distinct flavors… yeah…) If you’re interested in reading more about bathtub liquor, check out this article by the Smithsonian and this one by Prohibition: An Interactive History (super cool site, btw).

There are several different recipes out there for a Bee’s Knees cocktail. While all recipes utilize the same 3 ingredients, there are a lot of different ratios. I tried a few and found I like this one the most. I found that using equal parts lemon juice to honey syrup allowed the honey flavor to come through. Feel free to play around with the ratios a bit to see what you like.

I saw the name of this cocktail pop up somewhere in my Instagram feed a while back and it instantly caught my attention. I love bees (all insects, really).

I really do love bugs and creepy crawlies. When I was little, my favorite past time was looking for (and collecting…) rollie pollies, worms, and beetles outside with the neighborhood kids. And when the weather didn’t allow for that, I’d get out my giant Sterlite bin filled with plastic bugs and set them up all over my room and play “insect explorer”.

One day, I’d love to add some bees to our little homestead out here in the country. How cool would it be to make a Bee’s Knees using honey my own bees made? But don’t worry, I don’t plan on adding bathtub gin to my liquor collection anytime soon.


Reviews

Outstanding! light, not too sweet. Will follow other suggestions to steep lavender syrup overnight

outstanding! light and not too sweet! will follow other reviews to let lavender steep overnight.

I make a similar cocktail, using gin, lemon, and a dash St Germain. I drizzle honey on the side of the martini glass before putting my shaken and strained drink in the glass. But I am going to try the lavender syrup.

I first had this at a dinner party hosted by a good friend of mine and couldn't get enough of it. I'm obsessed about lavender and I absolutely LOVE this martini. I steep the lavender flowers overnight for a more powerful flavor. I have also made this with Vodka but prefer using Gin. Even my boyfriend, a retired marine loves this martini.

I thought I didn't like gin-based drinks until I tried this one. Now every couple weeks I make a fresh batch of lavender-infused honey syrup, so I'll have it on hand for both myself and the guests who have come to expect it as an offering.

Cocktails rule in NOLA, and this drink is a go-to for me with all the cocktail enthusiasts that abound here. I love the taste of lavender so I use lavender honey and sometimes add 1/8 oz. of St. Germain. I much prefer Gin but my vodka friends love it as well.

This is so sophisticated and I love serving it! The delicate lavender flavor is so delicious and unusual. This drink is always a big hit. Lately I make it with a simple syrup, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water 1 1/2 tablespoons lavender blossoms, boil a minute, cool, strain. Honey is expensive if making for a crowd. I also make it with vodka as others have recommended. This one is beautiful spring drink.

Unusual, but in a good way. Not too sweet, not too tart, with a very slight floral note. My new favorite.

Have made this by the pitcher for parties over the holidays, with vodka instead of gin, and guests love it. It can be served in a rocks glass over ice, or shaken up (if you have someone to man the bar) and served in a martini glass. I always add a couple of drops of lavender extract to each pitcher the lavender is still very subtle, but it helps boost it a bit.

Great drink! I used vodka instead of gin. Would be good warm with whiskey in the winter, as a variation of the hot toddy.

These are amazing! Even my gin-hating guests were asking for more. After a few rounds, we improvised by serving with club soda over ice, since they are potent! We also added some of the syrup to fresh lemonade for the kids and non- drinkers.

This is a wonderful Martini! I used the lavender from my garden and used a Wild Flower Honey. Yummy! I can't wait for the snow to melt so I can sit out on the deck at the cottage and sip, sip, sip!

Fantastic cocktail. Wonderful play of flavors, interesting and unexpectedly refreshing. A real treat- this was a hit at our party a few weeks ago. Not only is it the bee's knees, it is also the cat's pajamas!

I love the subtle flavor of lavender and I really enjoyed this drink. The flavors worked well together. The only drawback (for me) was that while it was tasty, it wasn't something you necessarily wanted more than one of. That seemed to be the case for my friends who tried it- everyone said it was delicious, but no one asked for a second.

I would and do make this drink again and again. It's a blissful take on a classic cocktail. One of my top 5 favorites!

What a lovely drink! It's so subtly sweet and floral, not at all cloying. I also tried it with vodka instead of gin but thought it had too harsh an alcohol taste for such pretty ingredients, but it lightened up nicely with a splash of juice (I had passionfruit on hand).

Yes! I served this to apprehensive guests (lavender reminds one guest of soap, and the other hates honey). Both have requested a repeat & everyone else raved. Pleasantly surprised. I also suggest the rosemary pear martinis. exuberant thumbs up for both!

This is an excellent and surprising summer cocktail. The lavender flavor is startling and delicious but the best thing about it is the pearlescent color. Use very light honey for the best effect. Spun honey works well.

Very good, especially for a warm summer evening.

I'm not a gin fan, so I made it with vodka and it was just lovely. Not too sweet and a nice subtle lavender flavor. My new favorite drink!


Bee’s Knees Week Cocktails and Recipes. Help Save the Bees.

Bee’s Knees Week is not only a celebration of the Bee’s Knees cocktail but an opportunity to spotlight the importance of bees in our food and drink system. We are working to help save the bees. During this week, the Breckenridge Distillery is one of 350 bars and restaurants participating in Bee’s Knees Week and you can help support. The week of Aug. 17-24, we will be donating 100% of all proceeds from our three Save the Bees cocktails (make them at home, see recipes below) to the People & Pollinators Action Network of Colorado.

Save the Bees: Without bees, our agricultural system would completely change. Coffee, avocado, potato, and many more fruits, vegetables, and nuts would not be pollinated and wouldn’t grow. Most of the challenges for the health of pollinators also affects people, and in fact, the potential decline of pollinators has direct consequences for human survival as well.

The Bee’s Knees Cocktail: This cocktail is from the Prohibition Era. The term “Bee’s Knees” was slang for ‘the best’. Back then, the addition of honey and citrus was used to mask the taste and smell of bathtub gin.

BEE’S KNEES

BEE HAPPY

Bee Happy
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Pear Vodka
3/4oz honey simple
6 slices of peaches
7 healthy mint leaves
Top with sparkling water
Garnish: mint sprig and freeze-dried Manuka Honey


Modern gin cocktails

Once you’ve mastered the classics, it’s time to remix with some of these modern gin cocktail recipes. Adding bold new flavours and expanding your repertoire of gin cocktails is a sure-fire way to impress your friends and make you feel like a mixologist master.

Bramble

A timeless favourite, the Bramble gin cocktail recipe is easy to follow and guaranteed to look striking in a short glass with plenty of ice, shot through with crème de mure. A bramble isn’t complete without a blackberry garnish, so this gin cocktail is best enjoyed while fresh British blackberries are in season,

  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • ¾tbsp sugar syrup
  • ¾tbsp crème de mure
  • Lemon slice and a blackberry

Shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup together over ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice, and drizzle the crème de mure over the top. Garnish with lemon and blackberry.

Pink Lady

This pretty pink gin cocktail is so striking to look at, with a unique pink hue. It’s on the sweeter side, but that sugary grenadine hit perfectly balances the gin. Gin cocktails like this are perfect for a romantic occasion – think Valentine’s Day, a special anniversary, or maybe mix one together for your mum this Mother’s Day !

Shake together the gin and grenadine over ice and strain into a jug, discarding the ice. Tip the egg white into the shaker, and pour the gin mixture back in, then shake thoroughly until the egg white is frothy. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Earl Grey martini

You can’t get much more British than a martini made with classic Earl Grey tea and a brilliant English gin, like Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’, distilled with the finest botanicals on the Devon coast. The bergamot oils in the Earl Grey add a pleasingly citrus zing to this refined gin cocktail recipe.

  • 50ml gin
  • 35ml strong cold Earl Grey tea
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 12ml sugar syrup
  • Egg white
  • Lemon twist

Make a strong cup of Earl Grey tea, using two teabags. Steep for 5 minutes, then let cool. Shake the tea together with gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg whites into a cocktail shaker. Shake for about ten seconds, then add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled Martini glass rimmed with sugar, garnish with a lemon twist and serve.


Bee's Knees Cocktail

The bee's knees is a refreshing Prohibition-era cocktail that's delightful on spring and summer afternoons. It's a simple mix of gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup, and the recipe is very easy to make at home. From a popular phrase used that describes something as excellent, the name is a perfect fit for this delicious and brightly flavored classic.

Frank Meier is credited with creating the bee's knees cocktail at the Hotel Ritz Paris in the 1920s. Switching from sugar to honey creates a slightly richer version of the gin sour. Some stories claim that the substitution was made because honey was better at masking the often unpleasant taste and aroma of the gin during the heyday of the speakeasy.

With today's variety of gins, the bee's knees is a cocktail with many possibilities. Each gin has its own blend of botanicals that will be accented quite nicely with the lemon and honey. It's a fun cocktail to play around with and every drink offers a unique experience.


Floridian Bee’s Knee Cocktail

The Bee’s Knees is a cocktail traditionally crafted with gin, lemon, and honey dating back to prohibition. The phrase “bee’s knees” was Prohibition-era slang for “the best.” In this Florida inspired version, ‘the best’ ingredients are stirred together creating a remixed version using gin, fresh Florida citrus, elderflower and finished with sparkling elderflower water.

Yield: 15-ounce

Glassware: American Metalcraft® Clear Diamond Drink Can

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce fresh orange juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce elderflower syrup
  • Soda water or sparkling elderflower water

Garnish:

Directions

Add the first four ingredients into an American Metalcraft® Cocktail Mixing Glass filled with ice and stir until chilled.

Strain into American Metalcraft® Clear Diamond Drink Can filled with crushed ice and top with a splash of soda.


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I love this round up of unique cocktails that are easy to make. I see a lot of new favorites I'm going to be trying soon.

My favourite is still the Negroni! It's so refreshing and intense. A great list to start this summer!

We love cocktails and were stuck in a rut making the same ones until we found your fabulous list! Now everyday can be a new cocktail day! Thank you so much!

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Wow, they don't look like easy 3-ingredient cocktails. They look fancy, sophisticated, and gorgeous! We wouldn't know which one to start from!

Love the idea of 3-ingredient cocktails. No muss, no fuss and your way to enjoying a nice relaxing beverage. This is sure a handy post to have on hand. We do like experimenting with new flavors -- now the hard part is figuring out which one we want to make first.

The Cuba Libre is hands down my favorite cocktail of all and a rare treat for me when I do indulge in one. Such a great round up for cocktails to try. The RumChata is next on my list to make. so simple too!

You had me at cocktails , I am lol. Seriously this is a fabulous list and stupid easy. I know this will come in handy having all of these cocktails in one place..and only 3 ingredients. Win Win!

oooh! What a fabulous collection of cocktails! I do love trying new cocktails. Thank you for sharing an awesome collection!

This is a great list. I'm currently stuck on a daily mezcal margarita!

Hmmm! All these cocktail recipes are perfect and look sooo refreshing! I can't wait to try them all especially that 3 Ingredient Bourbon Cocktails!

I am so looking forward to entertaining again. The fewer ingredients the better. I think I have some of these in stock. so I can tastes test to get party-ready.

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