What if I told you that this Sparkling Sage Bee’s Knees Cocktail takes 36+ hours to make? You’d probably roll your eyes and move onto the next recipe. Ain’t nobody got time for a cocktail that takes days to make.
But what if I told you that I made my own gin and that’s why this cocktail took two days to make. Would you think think I’m a little less crazy? (And yeah, you read that right. I made gin. And then I took that gin and I made a really lovely cocktail with it!)
Let me explain.
I was recently introduced to Uncommon Goods, a Brooklyn-based online retailer that features beautiful variety of home decor and artisan goods. Their products are beautiful, and I am a big fan of the way they do business. Uncommon Goods seeks to support independent artist, to support artistic endeavors that are sustainable, and they are dedicated to paying fair wages. (The lowest paid seasonal worker at their NY factory makes 50% above minimum wage, which is awesome.)
So when Uncommon Goods approached me and asked if I’d like to collaborate on a post, I didn’t think twice. This partnership just made sense.
Since the site is expansive, we decided to hone in on Uncommon Good’s anniversary collection. I was drawn to these gifts, mostly because there’s a little something for everyone. They have amazing gifts for couples, as well as curated gifts geared towards him or her. (If only I had discovered Uncommon Goods in time for our anniversary this year! Oh well, there’s always next year!)
Of all the unique gifts on the site, it was the Homemade Gin Kit that really caught my eye. My husband and I love to make cocktails together, and we’ve never tried our hand at making gin. I thought it would be a great gift, and something we could enjoy together.
And, of course, if you’re going to make your own gin, you best be prepared to make delicious gin cocktails. And you better have some snazzy glassware to go with it. While there are lots of gorgeous glassware options on Uncommon Goods, I chose these Wood and Ceramic Tumblers by David Rasmussen. They’re just so simple and stylish and lovely. (Bonus: I knew my husband would like them, too. And I was right.)
With their powers combined, the gin kit and the tumblers are the perfect gift for the cocktail enthusiast in your life. (If you’re looking for an anniversary gift for your mixology-minded partner, look no further!)
That said, when the package arrived, I started making gin immediately. The kit contains everything you need to make gin – 2 clear glass bottles, a metal funnel, a mesh strainer, juniper berries, and a secret botanical blend. You just gotta add vodka. I let the vodka steep with the juniper berries for over 24 hours, and then added the botanicals for an additional 18 hours. The gin took on the hue of the herbs juniper berries, but I didn’t mind the color because it tasted so darn good. It was incredibly herbaceous and flavorful, and unlike any other gin I’ve ever tasted.
Since the gin turned out so well, I knew I needed to create an extra special cocktail that really complimented the herbal notes of the homemade gin. I did a little research and eventually settled on a variation of the Bee’s Knees cocktail, which is typically gin, honey, and lemon. I used these three elements and then added in fresh sage and sparkling wine. Let me tell you, these cocktails were real good.
So, without further adieu, I shall post the recipe for this lovely Sparkling Sage Bee’s Knees Cocktail. Because, you need it in your life. (And if you’re looking for an anniversary gift for the special someone in your life, I urge you to check out Uncommon Goods. Heck, you can even steal my idea and get the gin kit and the wood and ceramic tumblers. I wouldn’t blame you one bit. It’s an awesome gift!)
- 1.5 ounces gin
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon, plus a 1″ strip of lemon peel
- 2 tablespoons honey simple syrup
- 3-5 sage leaves
- Float of sparkling wine
- To make the honey simple syrup, boil equal parts honey and water in a small saucepan until honey dissolves. Stir, remove from heat, and allow to cool.
- To make the cocktail, combine gin, lemon juice, lemon peel, honey syrup, and sage leaves in a cocktail shaker. Muddle ingredients together for 30-60 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and vigorously shake until chilled, about 10 seconds.
- Pour cocktail into glass, and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a fresh sage leaf.
Disclaimer: I received a free products from Uncommon Goods in exchange for writing a review on the blog. All opinions are my own.