Orange-Infused Gin and Honey Simple Syrup

July 19, 2014

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A couple weeks ago, I put together a post for work about infused gins paired with infused honey simple-syrups for a twist on the classic Bee's Knees cocktail. Of the two gin infusions I tried (orange and lavender), the orange-infused gin was my favorite. It was also the easiest to prepare, so I thought I'd share it with you here in case you're looking for a fun weekend project.

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To make, just peel an orange. Remove as much of the white pith from the peel as you can with a paring knife, and cut the peel into strips. Place in a bottle or jar and cover with gin. Let sit overnight.

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Place the remaining orange pulp in a small saucepan with:
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • A vanilla bean might be awesome here too

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Mash the mixture with a potato masher. When mixture starts to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Strain into a clean glass jar, and bring to room temperature. Cover and store in the refrigerator.

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Once the gin is infused and the syrup is cool, you can make yourself an orange-infused Bee's Knees cocktail. Just pour 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce infused syrup (or to taste), a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional) and some ice to your a cocktail shaker. Shake well, pour into a cocktail glass, and enjoy!

For details on the lavender-infused version, check out the Evermine Blog.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. <3

3 comments:

  1. I've done orange vodka before, but never orange gin. Looks amazing!

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  2. This looks refreshing. :)
    Right now I've got wineberries steeping (infusing?) in some vodka. After a couple more weeks, I can add the sugar syrup and hopefully have a delicious cordial. I had hoped to make a mulberry one but the season is over and all I have are frozen berries which probably won't work well.
    I'm not much of a drinker right now but I think I could get into some interesting cocktails like this.

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