My Home Bar: Black Bee

Yes, another ‘Bee’ cocktail.

It seems I opened the floodgate. It always happens that way: you create a cocktail with the off-the-beaten-path ingredient of honey syrup, lament you have to hunt to find more recipes calling for said syrup and BAM! Everyone else is writing about them, sending out newlsetters with them and you have an embarrassment of honey riches.

Well, I can’t really say I am embarrassed with all these wonderful cocktail riches…

So for today, let’s start with Esquire’s Black Bee:

Black Bee

  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout
  • 1/2 oz honey

Combine ingredients (excluding beer) with ice and shake. Pour into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Chill with single spear ice cube if possible. Top with 2-3 oz. Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout (I used Left Hand’s stout and it was still tasty). Add lemon twist on top.

Technically, their recipe with honey is a ratio of 4:1, but hey, I’m all about experimenting here, remember? So I splashed in my syrup.

It was extraordinary. And yes, that is hyperbole, but as someone who is a staunch believer in not creating beer cocktails, this was so delicious!

I have another one in the works too, so don’t worry if you hadn’t had your fill of honey cocktails.


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