I know it’s technically still Negroni week, but it’s also the first day of Bee’s Knees week! I had to get in this submission for Home Bar Awards September Challenge to riff on the classic Bee’s Knees cocktail, which is perfect because this is one of my all time favorites. I actually riff off this cocktail on the regular, as you will see if you look back at my Hibiscus Blush specs from a few weeks ago. So you might think that I would be out of ideas, but the combinations are endless.
This cocktail takes its flavor cues from Nashville hot honey, I think I might have been eating Popeye’s at the time ( I know its Louisiana chicken)… I happened to have some appropriately named Bee’s Knees Spicy honey in my pantry, which is nice because it’s spicy without adding any vinegar. I am interested in trying this with Tabasco and honey, which is a little truer to the Nashville hot honey sauce that its based on. If you’ve managed to read this far and you’re wondering what Bee’s Knees week is all about you can find the link here, save the bees!
Hot Honey Bee’s Knees
2 oz. Highclere Castle Gin
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. hot honey syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe, and garnish with some extra hot honey.
Hot Honey Syrup
4 parts Bee’s Knees Spicy honey
2 parts Honey
1 part hot water