This is a wonderful boreal forest recipe that celebrates where we live. The recipe was found in the book The Boreal Feast – a Culinary Journey Through the North – by Michele Genest.

The honey was chemical free,  locally produced by bees collecting nectar from willow, poplar, dandelions, white clover and sunflower. It was given to me as a gift from Larch Grove Farm.

My daughter brought a special Canadian gin, Ungava. It is brilliant yellow and infused with six Arctic botanicals that give it the unusual, unique flavour.

THE RECIPE: Prohibition Cocktail: The Bee’s Knees

1 Tbsp honey                 1 Tbsp hot water
1 tsp lemon juice            1 1/2 oz (40 ml) gin
Make honey syrup by combining honey and hot water. Whisk until honey is dissolved and allow to cool. Shake honey syrup and remaining ingredients over cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with thin slice of lemon. Makes one cocktail.

I made four times the recipe for Christmas and it didn’t seem like nearly enough for only the two of us drinking them. Multiply quantities as necessary

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