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Apple Cider Bee Sting Cocktail

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It’s time to cool it with the Pumpkin Spice everything, folks, because October is here and it’s National Apple Month!  Don’t get me wrong; one October, long ago, I was born with visions of pumpkin pies already dancing in my head.  I love everything about pumpkins, but apples are amazing, versatile little fruits, and they deserve their month-long spotlight.  Although not very popular for carving into scary lanterns, apples can be delicious whether baked or juiced, turned into cider, fortified wine, or even vinegar!  Yes, vinegar.

There are dozens of ways that one can incorporate the varied and mesmerizing flavors of apples into adult beverages, but my favorite involves the sharp, tart, acidic qualities of apple cider vinegar.  Combined with fresh herbs, lemon, and honey, apple cider vinegar is a delightful elixir that boasts revitalizing properties. Mixed with Aviation American Gin, it is a clever and tasty cocktail that is complimented by the dried orange peel and lavender in the Aviation and both refreshes and stings the palate.  After tasting my easy version of a fall gin cocktail, you will understand why it’s called the Bee Sting!


Apple Cider Bee Sting Cocktail


  • 1 ½ oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1  oz Unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ oz Rosemary-infused honey syrup*
  • Club soda


  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers (through honey syrup)
  2. Add ice & shake vigorously for 20 seconds
  3. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail class
  4. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of fresh rosemary
  5. *To make rosemary-infused honey syrup: warm 1/2 cup honey in a double-boiler until thin and add four 6” sprigs of fresh rosemary.  Simmer for 10 minutes, and then add ½ cup water, stirring until they are completely combined.  Strain the syrup through a wire mesh strainer into a jar and refrigerate for up to 10 days.


-Emilyn Nelson, Sales Associate

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