Bees Knees

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lemon-91537_960_720Matchbox Lounge features Bee Local honey from its rooftop hive in this cocktail all summer long. Find local honey in a co-op or farmers’ market near you.

1/4 cup local honey
2 oz gin
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Strip of lemon peel (optional)

1. Combine 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup water in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and stir until the honey dissolves. Let cool and then store in the refrigerator. (This recipe makes slightly too much simple syrup. Save the remainder to sweeten other drinks – even your iced coffee.)

2. Measure 3/4 oz honey simple syrup with gin, lemon juice and ice. Shake vigorously and strain. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Makes one serving 

Adapted from a classic cocktail recipe by Michael Huffman, Matchbox Lounge


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  • Edible Portland» Neighborhood Nectar

    May 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    […] “We pulled a little honey to taste, and it was amazing,” says Magista. He widens his eyes as he describes the flavor. “Almost nutty—like a chestnut with notes of blackberry,” he says. In honor of the hive, Matchbox Lounge serves a splash of the honey in a cocktail called the Bees Knees (recipe here). […]