Lavender Bee’s Knees With only three ingredients, the Bee’s Knees cocktail is as simple as it is refreshing. The addition of lavender makes it the quintessential spring sip. 2 oz lavender-infused gin ¾ oz honey syrup ¾ oz fresh-squeezed, strained lemon juice 1. Infusion: In a sealed container, combine 1 tablespoon dried lavender and 1 cup gin. Let sit for 3 hours, shaking occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Store in the fridge. 2. Honey Syrup: Combine 1 cup honey with ½ cup hot water in a container with a tight lid. Shake until the honey is completely dissolved. Store in the fridge. 3. Combine infusion, honey syrup and ice into cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender.
Chamomile Boulevardier Much like its close relative, the Negroni, a Boulevardier is bracing, bitter and bold. Chamomile lends its delicate florals and crisp apple notes to lift and liven the classic. 1½ oz chamomile infused rye ¾ oz Campari ¾ oz sweet vermouth 1. Infusion: Combine 1 heaping tablespoon of dried chamomile with 1 cup of rye in a sealed container. Let sit for two hours, shaking occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and store in the fridge. 2. Combine infusion and ice into a mixing glass. Strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with fresh chamomile flowers.
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TAKE YOURS DRY Many craf t cock tails call for dried herbs, which you can achieve by arranging fresh sprigs on a p a r c h m e n t- l i n e d tray and set ting in a cool, dr y spot for one week.