Bees Knees

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the bee's sneeze cocktail

Mike Garten

Made with lemon, honey and gin, this Bees Knees cocktail is spiked with black pepper for just enough spice. 

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Yields: 1

Total Time: 0 hours 10 mins

For the Honey-Pepper Syrup

1/2 c.


3 tbsp.


1/2 tsp.

cracked peppercorns

For the cocktail

1/4 c.

(2 oz) gin

2 tbsp.

(1 oz) fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp.

(1/2 oz) Honey-Pepper Syrup

Pepper, for topping

Make the Honey-Pepper Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, simmer honey, water and peppercorns until honey has dissolved. Let cool, then strain. Makes a generous 1/2 cup.

Make the cocktail

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add gin, lemon juice and syrup. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe and sprinkle with coarsely ground pepper, if desired. 

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