#CocktailHour: Watch – How to make a Rosemary Bee's Knees cocktail

FoodTribe's weekly #CocktailHour will see us mixing up some classics, and some twists on a classic – This week, we're getting summery with Cotton Gin

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If you're looking for a simple summer drink in a glass, you can't do much better than a Bee's Knees. It is as excellent as the name suggests.

This one we've made is a little twist on the original recipe of gin, lemon and honey. It's thought it was created by Frank Meier at the Hotel Ritz Paris in the 1920s. Instead of a gin sour (made with sugar syrup), the honey gives it a bit more depth and richness. Although, there are suggestions that at the time, the gin was so bad that honey was used to better cover up the smell and taste!

Fortunately, that's not the reason for using honey today. We've made our Bee's Knees using small-batch Cotton Gin from the Otterbeck distillery in Yorkshire. It's made using Yorkshire watercress, coriander, local spruce, rowan berries, nettle leaves and mint botanicals, which all give a lovely herbaceous and floral note to the gin, which works really well in a Bee's Knees.

The 'Cotton' name comes from the building the distillery is in, which is built on the site of an 18th century, five-storey cotton and silk milk. And to help make the cotton at the mill, a 'Cotton Ginny' machine was used!

Rosemary Bee's Knees cocktail recipe

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50ml Cotton Gin

25ml lemon juice

25ml rosemary and honey syrup (this is really simple to make. Heat up honey and water in a 1:1 ratio i.e. 50ml honey/50ml water, with a few sprigs of rosemary, stir until combined, then let it cool)

Sprig of rosemary for garnish


Add ice to your shaker.

Add your gin, lemon juice and honey syrup to the shaker.

Shake it (like a Polaroid picture).

Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Enjoy in the sunshine!

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Comments (13)

  • This looks fun to try. I'll have to pry myself from my current flavor of the week though... The Monte Carlo. 😋😋

      29 days ago
  • Ooh , I might enter this as my #DrinkChallenge entry. I hadn't made a rosemary-infused Bee's Knees before, so it sorta counts right?!

      29 days ago
  • I don't care for gin but I would try this. Nice video!

      29 days ago
    • Thanks very much Doug! I reckon it could persuade you to the gin life...!

        29 days ago
    • You are welcome! My wife likes gin so maybe I can give it a try.

        29 days ago
  • How ironic is this I worked in a cocktail restaurant in 2006 and I've never had a cocktail

      29 days ago
  • Sounds pretty tasty

      29 days ago