Farm to Shaker – Lavender Bees Knees

Photography by Karen E. Segrave | Special thanks to the Little Rock Farmers Market

It’s time to enjoy some summer sips to beat the heat!

The Little Rock Farmers Market features the season’s best bounty of the Natural State’s goodness. From fruits and vegetables, to herbs that add that extra something special, embrace the opportunity to shop fresh + local and support Arkansas farmers.

You know we love a good cocktail here at Inviting Arkansas, so we decided to taste test some of the farm-to-shaker inspired summertime beverages featured in our latest issue. Each week we’ll be sampling + reviewing so stay tuned!

First up: Lavender Bees Knees

Lavender Bees Knees Cocktail

Overall this one was a hit in the office – just a few ideas for variations.

MT: Very fresh and fragrant – I think this will be the perfect signature drink for a party I’m planning!

KW: This would be really good with some bubbles – maybe champagne or sparkling water.

CK: It’s a little sweet for my taste, so I’d probably make it with less honey syrup.

Additional thoughts from the group:

  • Adding champagne for bubbles would make it even sweeter.
  • Sparkling water or club soda would make it fizzy + lighter – a 2 oz. pour makes it pretty strong.
  • This would probably be good with vodka if you’re not a fan of gin, but the floral notes of gin work well with the lavender.

Lavender Bee’s Knees

2 oz gin
3/4 oz lavender honey syrup
1 oz lemon juice
1 teaspoon lavender

Lavender Honey Syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup hot water
1 teaspoon lavender

Combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 full seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lavender sprig.

Lavender Honey Syrup
Combine hot water with honey and stir until evenly mixed. Add lavender, stirring to combine. Let cool, approximately 30 minutes, then pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove lavender.

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