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Legend has it that this fresh, slightly sweet drink was born in Prohibition-era America, with the honey and lemon employed to disguise the taste of poor-quality ‘bathtub gin’. Recent research suggests a different story – that it was created in Paris by a socialite who survived the sinking of the Titanic and became known as ‘the unsinkable Molly Brown’ (an equally great name for a cocktail).
2 tsp clear honey
50ml London dry gin
20ml lemon juice
10ml orange juice
ice, for chilling
strip of lemon zest, to serve
honeycomb (we used Rowse Cut Comb in Acacia Honey), to serve (optional)
1. Shortly before you want to make the cocktail, mix the honey in a small bowl with 1 tbsp boiling water. Once it’s cooled a little, put in a cocktail shaker with the gin, citrus juices and plenty of ice. Shake well, then strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with the lemon zest and a chunk of honeycomb on a cocktail stick, if liked.
Mix it up: Divide the mixture between two flutes and top with fizz for a ‘Buzzing bee’s knees’.
This recipe was first published in November 2020.