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.
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.
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
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.
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