In a previous post, THE HISTORY OF MIXOLOGY PART TWO: PROHIBITION, I went over a brief history of how prohibition affected mixology. It brought about classics like the Gin and Tonic, the French 75, and the Bees Knees. Well, recently I read a book called “A Bite-Sized History of France” by Jeni Mitchell and Stephane Henaut. The book covers the history of France through food and the fascinating hold food has over France. Things like politics, social aspects, religion, and agriculture have all either been affected by or had an affect on food.
Do you love honey? Would you have ever guessed that France was the first to not just cultivate honey on a large scale, but also have regulations that every land owner must have bee hives? Charlemagne, King of Francia between 774 and 814 (Francia was made up of what is now modern day France, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg), considered honey to be a very important source of wealth and insisted that everyone in the south (what would now be Provence) must cultivate bees to collect the sweet nectar.
While sitting in my garden sipping my coffee, you could hear bees buzzing so loud that I got up to look, and they were swarming the lavender. Lavender is practically a national treasure in Provence and that made the regions history with honey seem like destiny. My concoction, Lavender Day Dream, is a lavender bees knees, a culmination of prohibition and French history. Enjoy!
-2oz Prohibition Spirits Jack London Barrel Aged Gin
-0.5oz Lavender Honey Syrup
-0.5oz Lemon Juice
-1-2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
-Garnish: Lemon Peel or Edible Flower
Chill a coup glass a few hours ahead of time in the freezer. Grab a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and pour in the ingredients. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Remove coup glass from the freezer and strain cocktail in to the glass. Garnish with a lemon peel, or if you feel fancy an edible flower, and enjoy! Cheers!
Notes: As always, you can use any gin of your preference, but I do recommend a London Dry Gin. If you do not have room in your freezer you can always take a coup glass, fill it with ice water, and let it sit while you are making the cocktail which will have a similar effect. The only downside is the residual water. Lastly, the picture is background in my photo is from a photography book “American Romance” by Chris Craymer (I highly recommend purchasing as the photos are breathtaking).