101 Best New Cocktails: Bee Negroni by Maxime Verrier, HIMKOK, Oslo, Norway

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, April 14th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Bee Negroni

Maxime Verrier, HIMKOK, Oslo, Norway

“I love drinks that tell you a story. This drink is inspired by the bees producing the beeswax we use to infuse our gin. This Negroni represents the journey of nature and hard work of bees.

“St. Germain will bring the elderflower blossoms’ touch, then sloe gin the berries notes (cherry and plum) and the beeswax-infused gin will bring the final touch. Campari for bitterness and Antica Formula for the rich spices notes.

“This Negroni will bring you, from flowers to fruit, honey and spices, with a much needed bitter character.” Maxime Verrier

Bee Negroni10 ml (.33 oz) sloe gin

20 ml (.66 oz) Beeswax-Infused Gin*

20 ml (.66 oz) Carpano Antica Formula

15 ml (.5 oz) Campari

1 barspoon St. Germain

1 orange twist, as garnish

Pour all the ingredients in a rock glass. Fill with ice and stir gently. Add the garnish.

*Beeswax-Infused Gin: Combine 20 g (about 1.5 tablespoons) of beeswax and 1 liter of London dry gin. Cook sous vide or in a closed container at 40°C (105°F) for 6 hours.

gaz sez:  Maxime and the crew at HIMKOK sent me a sample of their beeswax-infused gin so I could try this drink, so I awarded extra points for effort here! The extra points weren’t needed, though—the cocktail is superb, and stands tall on its own merits.

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