Chris McD’s makes our own infused vodkas for cocktails, one of which is raspberry. We consistently change our fruit infusions, but I was feeling particularly inspired by this flavor profile, and a regular of ours was more than willing to taste test as much as needed. Unfortunately for him, it only took one try and we knew this was the one.
The flavor profile of the Bee Sharp is more tart than sweet due to the raspberries and lemon juice, but what I really like about this drink is that you can adjust it to how sweet you actually want it! You can do this by making the simple syrup less sweet or adjusting how much of it you add to the cocktail.
I am very proud of the name behind this drink because it hints at the ingredients and its flavor profile (as well as shares my initials), and I hope Simpsons’ fans appreciate the reference!
Brooke Sushka is the bartender at Chris McD’s Restaurant & Wine Bar.
8 ounces raspberry vodka
4 ounces Chambord (black raspberry liqueur)
3 ounces lemon juice
3 ounces lavender and honey simple syrup
Lavender and Honey Simple Syrup
Measure out equal parts water and honey, bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add honey. As it starts to dissolve, add 2 tablespoons of lavender (fresh is preferred). Stir and let cool, stirring every 15 minutes. Once cooled, pour through a strainer into a sealed container and use when ready.
To make the drink:
This drink can either be served straight-up or on the rocks. Whichever you prefer, shake all ingredients together first. We used Three Olives Vodka for this recipe, but you can infuse the vodka yourself or choose your favorite brand. Pour into a chilled martini glass or highball glass and garnish with a lemon twist and lavender sprig, or raspberries if you prefer a juicy bite!