I get people all the time that tell me that they don’t like gin. Which I can understand… Most of the time the first interaction with liquor of beer is when you are at 21-23 and you only get the cheap stuff… Trust me, gin is one spirit that you shouldn’t be cheap with. The rail stuff is horrible. Mostly taste like rubbing alchol with some artificial flavoring to it. And in all honestly, it probably is.
But Plymouth gin is Different! And the Bee’s Knees is a cocktail for anyone who doesn’t like gin to start with.
Plymouth Gin is a Gin the is Produced in Plymouth, England. It’s does not have a big Juniper Or Herbal overpowering taste, so it goes well into cocktails and doesn’t take over. It’s my pick for the main ingredient in the classic cocktail The Bee’s Knees. We all should know how honey hand lemon go together. And let’s just say that Gin adds a depth and a spring element to the combination that is to be desired.
The Bee’s Knees
2 oz. Gin of your choice. (Clearly I used Plymouth)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Honey Syrup*
Shake with ice and strain on new ice
(You may just make a batch of it and stir it but I would add a little bit of water to lighten up the tartness. Shaking with ice adds a little dilution to it)
*** Honey Simple Syrup***
Equal parts honey and filtered water. Just makes it easier to combine and mix into cocktails. Lasts around 7 – 10 days.
A whiff of rosemary and I’m teleported back to Colorado.
I had a friend there that would make pork chops with rosemary.
It was the first times I had been introduced to the herb.
It pairs well with food, tea, and cocktails, as long as you are willing to experement and try
With this syrup you can easily add a little bit of extra flavor to your drinks .
I used 3 stalks per cup for this. I brought the water to a boil. turned it to med-low and then added the rosemary. I let it sit for about 30 minutes.
Strain out the Rosemary after you think it is strong enough.
*remember that you are mixing it with other flavors so what might seem strong smelling and tasting right now will be dulled down when you mix it with other things.
Keep the strained rosemary and use for garnish if you choose
Lets add in honey.
I use the same amount of honey that I put in water.
I try to start off with a 1:1 ratio.
give a good stir and then put it in whatever you like to store things in.
I fond this bottles here with a swing top lid at IKEA for less than $4. SO I use them for everything.
This mix is has no alchol in it to keep if from spoiling. put in fridge and use within 7-14 days.
You can always add in some vodka to lenthen the shelf life of this.