The Bee's Knees: A Cocktail with Preserved Lemons

I tried really hard to be productive this weekend. I woke up early on Saturday. The husband and I made a yummy waffle breakfast. I figured Chris had to work, so I planned to run a bunch of errands. You know, grocery shopping and the usual Target run. Chris has been working super hard on the new brewery. Which equates to 12 hour work days during the week with a Saturday or Sunday added in. Its going to be amazing when its all done, but in the mean time, I get a little bored when he's not around, hence, errand planning.  Any way, I drove up to Napa, where my nearest Whole Foods/Trader Joe's (not to mention Target and Cost Plus happen to be in the same plaza with Outlets right down the road - lots of shopping) is located, only to find out I left my wallet in my yoga bag!! Arggg, that's a 30 minute drive each way. What a waste!

So I got home and was a little bummed. I didn't feel like driving all the way back out there. It was overcast, I watched some DVR of New Girl and Grey's. Organized my pantry. Then decided I needed do some cocktail testing. Why not?

My preserved meyer lemons have been sitting in my fridge since February. Figured I needed to test them out.

Back when I glanced through the book I found the lemon recipe in, I also saw a recipe for a cocktail that used some of lemon brine.

So I busted out the Trader Joe's Gin. I am a total armature with booze, so I have no idea if this stuff is "good" or not. I read up on it before the purchase and it was mention it was very "Tanqueray-like." Real talk, I don't know what that means. But, I reallly enjoyed TJ's tequila and I am happy to say that this stuff is pretty damn good too.

I mean, this is how much of an amateur I am. I don't even own a shaker thing. I used a tervis tumbler, a mason jar lid, and fine mesh strainer to shake this bad boy up. Ha!

Whatever, I work with what I've got.

I do, however, have this awesome tool. I love to use this to measure stuff for drinks. It has everything from teaspoons to ounces to milliliters. 

Any way, back to the drink. So, we've got Gin, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, and a dash of the preserved lemon juice. Its a simple cocktail. The splash of preserved lemon juice really gives it a salty bite that is pretty delightful. I tried it both ways though, you can be the judge. 

The Bee's Knees
 Serves 1 // Inspired by Pickled by Kelly Carrolata
2 ounces of gin
3/4 ounces of honey syrup *
1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp of preserved lemon juice
Rind of a preserved lemon for garnish (optional)

Pour all the ingredients over ice in a shaker tin. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with the pickled rind.
*Honey syrup is a simple syrup made of equal parts honey and water. For this I used a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of water. Heat them up in a sauce pan (or microwave safe container) and measure what is needed. If you use straight honey, it may clump up in the shaker and you won't get the flavor. Make a bigger batch and keep it in the fridge to use as needed.

See what happens when I have too much time on my hands...



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