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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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MEREDITH STEELE is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer and author of InSockMonkeySlippers.com, an award winning family food blog celebrating creative and fresh foods. Her recipe development and photography company, MBS Recipe Development specializes in multimedia recipe development for commercial and small business who’s clients include everyone from Ziploc® to small wineries. Meredith’s work has been published online, in various print media, and has been nominated for the SAVEUR awards. She can also be found across the pond writing a monthly column for JamieOliver.com. When Meredith is not in the kitchen, she’s roaming Dallas, Texas with her husband, curly-headed pixie of a daughter, and big floppy-eared dog.

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