It’s the holiday season, and a festive cocktail is in order. This simple Bees Knees features Empress 1908 gin and a homemade honey simple syrup you can make and keep on hand to use all month long. I was gifted a bottle to feature, and I was so impressed with how vibrant this simple cocktail turned out.
The stunning color comes from butterfly pea blossom, just one of the eight botanicals used to make Empress 1908. This gin is inspired by the tea and cocktail program at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, which just happens to be one of my favorite destinations. I can’t wait to go back and visit the hotel, grab cocktails at the bar and a bowl of their delicious Charcoal Popcorn (trust me on this one).
Until then, I’ll mix up drinks at home, close my eyes and dream of the sights and sounds of this magical destination.
Grab a Bottle of Empress 1908 at $5 Off: You can save $5 on a 750 ml bottle of Empress 1908 Gin when you use my code EMPRESSWA5. This code is valid online at www.empressgin.com. Must be 21+ to order. Offer valid until December 31, 2020, or until supplies last.
- 2 ounces Empress 1908 gin
- ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ½ ounce honey syrup
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a mini lemon wheel or a lemon peel.
To make the honey syrup: Add ½ cup honey and ½ cup water to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and bring to room temperature. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.