on its way, when backyard parties and trips to the beach are the highlights of the
season. For easy and delectable cocktails to enjoy anywhere you go, Fifth State Distillery based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, created the ultimate summer "ready to pour cocktail"
with their newest creation, Fifth State Bee's Knees made with
gin, lemon, and honey. We enjoyed drinking this cocktail on its own as well as
using it as a base to craft other custom cocktails and even a yummy strawberry
sorbet. Cheers, it's cocktail time!
Distillery based in Bridgeport, Connecticut is known for its award-winning
spirits and has been awarded the Connecticut Gin Distillery of the Year
by the New York International Spirits Competition for three consecutive
years: 2021, 2022, and 2023. To say that Master Distiller Rob Schulten
has fun creating new flavor profiles would be an understatement, and his latest
creation, Fifth State Bee's Knees, a ready to pour cocktail, presented in a 375
ml glass bottle is truly delicious. Simply chill and pour and you have a great
cocktail for home or bar use.
Information: Fifth State Distillery Bee's Knees
handcrafted in small batches, made with Gin, lemon, and honey. 18% by Volume,
36 proof. Gluten free. Sold in 375 ml bottles. $19/bottle.
Notes: "Sometimes classics shouldn't be messed
with, and that's absolutely the case when it comes to the Bee's Knees cocktail.
The Bee's Knees is a classic Prohibition-era cocktail made with gin, lemon, and
honey. It's brightly flavored, lightly sweet, and just delightful. The phrase
"bee's knees" was popular slang used to call something excellent or
color is a pale yellow, with aromatic notes of lemon on the nose. On the
palate, this is a delectable and potent lemonade. This "Chill and Pour"
cocktail is ready to drink, however it also makes a versatile base to add your
own touches to make easy custom cocktails.
Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating incredibly special
handcrafted cocktails and a dessert recipe to tempt your palate and inspire
your own creations using Fifth State Bee's Knees.
Experience Cocktail and Culinary Menu
Experience - Mirror Image
Experience - Strawberry Bee's Knees
Experience - Bee's in the Strawberry Sorbet
your Bee's Knees cocktail by adding a sugar rim and garnish with a fresh lemon
wheel, wedge, or peel. To create a sugar rim, simply rim the glass by running a
fresh cut lemon around the outside edge of the glass then dip the rim into a
saucer with some sugar. Sugar rims look great, upscale the cocktail, are easy
to make, and can be made ahead, making them perfect for bars or for at-home
We created Luxury
Experience - Mirror Image cocktail by muddling fresh mango with fresh
basil, adding LaBelle Winery Seyval Blanc, fresh lemon juice, and Fifth State
Bee's Knees, for a delicious and easy entertaining cocktail. This super
refreshing cocktail also has low alcohol making it perfect for summertime. Make
a pitcher and serve at your next party.
Luxury Experience -Mirror Image
Glass Used: Stemmed Glass
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Method: Chiffonade basil leaves (roll the leaves widthwise and cut into
strips). In a mixing glass, add the fresh mango and muddle, top with LaBelle
Seyval Blanc, Fifth State Distillery Bee's Knees, and lemon juice. Add the
basil (chiffonade) and stir to incorporate. Add ice to a stemmed glass and pour
cocktail over the ice. Garnish with a slice of fresh mango and a sprig of fresh
Luxury Experience - Strawberry
Bee's Knees is another easy and delicious summer cocktail. Simply combine
Fifth State Distillery Bee's Knees with muddled fresh strawberries in a shaker,
add ice, and shake until shaker is frosty. Strain into a chilled Martini or wine
glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. This cocktail also works well to serve
in a pitcher for easy entertaining.
Luxury Experience - Strawberry
Glass Used: Martini or Wine
Method: Add ingredients to
a shaker with 3 ice cubes, shake hard to chill, and pour into a chilled Martini
or wine glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.
The Culinary Recipe
Experience - Bees in the Strawberry Sorbet is easy to
make and easy to love. We made the sorbet with fresh ripe strawberries, sugar,
water, Fifth State Bee's Knees, and Fifth State Gin.
Note: While we used an ice cream compressor to make the sorbet you can
easily make this in a food processor.
Experience - Bees in the Strawberry Sorbet
the Sorbet: Add all ingredients to a blender and
blend until very smooth.
the sorbet: While we used an ice cream compressor
to make the sorbet you can easily make this in a food processor.
If using an
ice cream maker, process according
If you do
not have an ice cream maker, pour the liquid
into a plastic container, and place it in the freezer until frozen. Once
frozen, remove the container from the freezer, place the contents in a food
processor and process to create volume and "fluff up" the sorbet. Place back in
plastic container and freeze until ready to use. Serve with fresh strawberries
(and blueberries, optional).
time, cheers, it's cocktail time!
Rob and Bridget Schulten, the award-winning Fifth State Distillery located in
Bridgeport, Connecticut has been turning heads with their delectable
gluten-free spirits since they opened in 2016. Made from locally grown
Connecticut non-GMO corn and distilled in small batches, their artisanal
spirits are continuing to win awards with their innovative spirits profiles.
"Made with pride in the great state of Connecticut."
Information: Fifth State Distillery products include:
Gin, Passion Gin, Madagascar Gin, 5th State Premium Vodka, Ginger
Zap Vodka, Simply Celery Vodka, CT Maple Whiskey, Barrel Strength Whiskey,
Limoncello, Chocolate XS, Wonderful Water, Espresso Martini, and Bee's Knees.
information on Fifth State Distillery, tours,
as well as purchasing information, please visit their website: www.fifthstatedistillery.com
Distillery Hours: Monday - Thursday
from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Friday - closed, Saturday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm,
Read about more
of their exceptional spirits in the Liquor Cabinet section: Fifth State Gin, Fifth State Seville Gin, Fifth State Passion Gin
and Fifth State Ginger Zap Vodka and Fifth State Espresso Martini.
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