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Lavender Blueberry Bees Knees Cocktail

Amy Traynor
This spring-inspired cocktail riffs on the Prohibition gin classic, the Bees Knees. Make a quick blueberry infusion for your gin of choice, then add lemon, lavender simple syrup, and honey for a satisfyingly sweet and tart floral gin cocktail.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Infusion Time 20 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail

Equipment

  • 1 Cocktail shaker
  • 1 Mason jar with lid
  • 1 Fine mesh strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz blueberry-infused gin (infusion instructions below)
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ¾ oz lavender simple syrup (I used Hipstirs Lavender Haze)
  • ¼ oz honey syrup

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled about 3/4 with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, then strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with blueberries.

Notes

How to Make Blueberry-Infused Gin

To make your blueberry-infused gin, gather your berries, gin, and a mason jar with a lid.
Add ½ cup of blueberries to the jar and cover them with ½-¾ cup of gin. You want to make sure that the berries are completely covered with liquid.
If they aren’t, add more gin. The fun part about infusions is that most don’t really have to be exact measurements. Add some fruit or an herb to a jar, cover with spirit, let steep, strain, and enjoy. It’s that simple.
Next, screw the lid onto your jar and give it a gentle shake. Let the jar sit for anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 days, depending on the flavor and color you want to achieve.
Once the infusion is done, use a fine mesh strainer to remove the berries and either discard them or keep them to use as a garnish for your cocktails.
Gin-soaked berries are the perfect garnish for your Gin and Tonic! Store the infusion berries in the fridge if you do decide to keep them for garnishes, and toss them after a couple of days.
Store any leftover blueberry-infused gin in your mason jar. I like to keep my infusions in the refrigerator, but you don’t have to because of the alcohol.
Infusions like this do keep for a while, but they taste best when they’re fresh. This is why I typically just make small batches like this, rather than infusing an entire bottle of gin.
Keyword bees knees, blueberry, classic cocktails, gin, honey syrup, infusion
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