The Pollinator, a floral twist on the Prohibition-era gin Bee’s Knees, features a shaken mix of The Botanist gin, aromatic pisco, fresh lemon juice, lavender-honey syrup and cardamom bitters. Though layered, this sour keeps the gin’s subtle notes of juniper, meadowsweet, heather and elderflower at the fore. An altogether elegant palate cleanser.
- 1 1/2 ounces The Botanist gin
- 1/2 ounce pisco
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce lavender-honey syrup (see Editor’s Note)
- 2 dashes cardamom bitters
Garnish: lavender sprig
- Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.
- Strain into a coupette, then garnish with a sprig of lavender.
Add 1/2 cup water and 1/3 ounce dried lavender to a saucepan, and heat on medium-low for 5 minutes to create a tisane. Slowly pour 1 cup honey into the saucepan, then stir to combine. Remove syrup from heat, let cool, then fine-strain and bottle. Keeps, unrefrigerated, for up to one month.