Honey simple syrup is quick and easy to make and since it lasts for weeks, it's something I keep in the refrigerator at all times. Which is why I use lavender bitters to flavor this cocktail - no special lavender honey syrup required! (Though if you want to make some, use my lavender syrup recipe and just swap out honey for the sugar.)
Garnish this drink with a sugar rim to make your cocktail feel extra special. Run a slice of lemon around part or all of the rim of your glass, then dip it into a shallow dish filled with sugar. I used colored sugar in the photos here, but that's entirely up to you!
What You Need
How to Make a Lavender Bee's Knees
Combine everything together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into a glass.
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Tips on Lavender Bee’s Knees
There are only 4 ingredients, so fresh lemon juice is a must in this drink. One lemon should provide enough juice for at least 2 cocktails. Before you cut into it, roll your lemon on the counter while firmly pressing down to help the lemon release as much juice as possible.
Combine ½ cup hot water with ½ cup honey and stir until the honey is dissolved. Be sure to make the syrup ahead of your cocktail hour so it has time to chill before you make your cocktail. Shaking up a cocktail with warm syrup will make the ice start to melt quickly in the shaker, putting too much water in your drink.
You can garnish with a thin slice of lemon or twist of lemon rind, but my favorite garnish for a Lavender Bee's Knees is a sugar rim. How to do it: Before you make your cocktail, run a lemon slice on the edge of your glass and dip the glass into a shallow plate of raw or colored sugar.
Most stores that carry liquor also carry bitters. Look for them in the section with cocktail mixers and garnishes. I love Scrappy's Lavender Bitters in this cocktail.