King Bee

We’ve got a lot of bee-centric drinks in Cocktail Party; we’re unabashed about our love for honey in all its forms. Bärenjäger, a rich honey liqueur, is a mainstay in our freezer even though it’s hardly ever called for in fancy cocktails.

So naturally, we’re absolutely crazy about Nate Dumas’ King Bee, from the PDT cocktail book. The herbal, grassy flavors of the pisco and the Bénédictine intensify the meadow-honey flavor and scent of Bärenjäger, while the sherry floated on top gives each sip a sun-kissed, wonderfully nutty fragrance.

The recipe as written, specifically calling for Bärenjäger, Bénédictine and oloroso sherry, is perfect as-is. We’ve tried it with other herbal and honey liqueurs and different types of sherry, and the balance is never quite right. Best to stick to the recipe – the King Bee accepts no substitutions.

Ingredients

Instructions

Shake everything (except the sherry) with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and float the sherry on top.

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Really Good App

We downloaded the app after seeing it as one of the top posts on /r/cocktails, and we've been playing around with it and adding our ingredients to the list. While it's not an all inclusive list of ingredients (missing some creme de ), it's a solid overall app and tosses out some truly spectacular recipes based on what you have in your liquor cabinet. Minor quibbles for an otherwise fantastic application!
US JCorduroy, iTunes App Store