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Recipe by Scratch Bar   Photo by Lisa Riznikove

Our friends at Scratch Bar created this take on a prohibition era cocktail using two Slow Food Ark of Taste ingredients, Gallberry Honey and Meyer lemon. The classic cocktail was created with citrus and honey to help mask the dubious quality of bathtub gin. Lucky for us it works even better with a high quality small batch Gin like Wilder from Ventura Spirits. The distinctive herbaceous notes of Gallberry Honey pairs beautifully with the foraged botanicals in the gin and the Meyer lemon balances the flavors for a refreshing cocktail that is, well, the bees knees.

Scratch Bar creates their own twist on the Bees Knees for their sushi bar featuring Yuzu Juice and a unique Japanese gin. If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area it is not to be missed.


3/4 oz. Gallberry Honey (warmed in some hot water)

3/4 oz. Meyer lemon juice

2 oz. Gin

Edible flowers or herbs for garnish (optional) *pictured with Borage flowers


Warm the honey until it is a thinner liquid that pours more easily.  This will allow it to incorporate into the drink without diluting. At Scratch Bar they do this in a Sous Vide immersion circulator but at home you can simply put honey in a glass jar, place the jar in a water bath, filling a pan with boiling water until it reaches most of the way up the sides of the jar. 

In a cocktail shaker combine the honey, lemon juice and gin.  Add a generous amount of ice, shake and then strain into a glass. Garnish with fresh herbs or edible flowers. 

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