How to make a Lavender Bee's Knees
A riff on the famous Bee's Knees cocktail which is another that coma out of the American prohibition era. Depending who you listen to it is either credited to Frank Meier, an Austrian-born bartender who plied his trade at the Hôtel Ritz Paris during the 1920s, or (much more interestingly) to “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” – a truly amazing lady.
She was returning to the US from a holiday in Europe on the Titanic and was one of the lucky ones to survive. However, on the rescue ships she worked tirelessly to help the other survivors and, by the time she reached land, she had become a the "Heroine of the Titanic". She then used that fame to set up the Survivors committee and raised money for those that had lost everything. She had always been active in the women's rights movement and continued to push for them, becoming the first woman to run for the US Congress. During WW1 she travelled to France and set up a relief station - being awarded the French Legion of Honour.
The Bee's Knees (slang for something that's excellent or outstanding) is basically a gin sour that uses honey rather than sugar which creates a much richer drink. Adding the lavender to it just ups the flavours a notch, it really is a delicious cocktail.
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INGREDIENTS🍸 60ml Badachro gin
🍸 20ml lemon juice
🍸 20ml lavender honey syrup*
🍸 Add loads of ice and shake like crazy
🍸 Strain into a chilled glass
🍸 Garnish with lavender sprigs
* Lavender honey syrup: Combine 1 part hot water and 1 part honey with 2 lavender sprigs, heat and stir until the honey is dissolved. Cool and strain to remove the lavender.