Pop the champaign! It’s time to celebrate our five-year anniversary. Or perhaps we should toast with a honey-inspired cocktail. In honor of Five for the Hive, Jeremy Hood, a mixologist also known as The Urban Gastronome, has developed a specialty cocktail recipe featuring our own lavender-infused honey.
Lavender Bees Knees
1.5 oz HWY 9 Gin from H&H Distillery
0.5 oz Asheville Bee Charmer Lavender-Infused Honey
0.75 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Dry shake ingredients well to dissolve the honey in the mix and to create a natural froth. Add 3 cubes of ice for a moderate shake to cool it down.
Serve in a classic coupe glass.
Garnish with lavender petals.
Overspray homemade lavender tincture for an extra punch of floral notes!
About Jeremy Hood
Jeremy Hood, otherwise known as The Urban Gastronome, works and lives in Asheville, North Carolina where he’s immersed in the food and beverage community. He also contributes to the Asheville Food News for their cocktails and bar scene analysis through the documentary “In the Mix with The Urban Gastronome”, which focuses on cocktails created with locally sourced ingredients and the Asheville bar scene. Jeremy says he’s never met a stranger in his life, which allows him to focus fully on his passion. He offers event planning, mixology, social media influencing and brand awareness for locally sourced products. Follow Jeremy on Instagram.
We asked Jeremy what he likes about working with honey:
It’s nice to have a connection with locally sourced ingredients when creating craft cocktails. Asheville Bee Charmer has so much variety, it makes it fun! Honey is a staple of my inventory and I have used it for several events. The gin I chose from H&H Distillery/Cultivated Cocktails also brings another locally sourced product to the table, as well as the lavender I use from the WNC Farmer’s Market.