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Bee’s Knees Cocktail with Thyme Honey

From Effortless Entertaining Cookbook by Meredith Steele, Steelehousekitchen.com

Back in the days of flapper dresses and bathtub gin, a cocktail called The Bee’s Knees was secretly sipped on during the grand parties of the Prohibition Era.

Serves 8

¼ cup honey
¼ cup boiling hot water
4 sprigs thyme
2 cups gin
¾ cup fresh lemon juice

In a heatproof container, combine honey, water and thyme and stir until the honey has dissolved. Allow to cool, then remove the thyme. This can be done a day in advance.

The key to a spectacular cocktail here is keeping it icy cold. In a cocktail shaker, add gin, lemon juice and thyme-honey syrup, then shake with ice and strain. For serving a crowd, mix same ingredients in a pitcher about 30 minutes before the party and place in a bucket of ice. Once guests arrive, pour equally into 8 coupe glasses and garnish with a lemon peel or sprig of thyme.

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