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Tuesday, 29 July 2008


Albany Jane

That IS a nice new banner - *snaps* for Mr. Pants!

And cheers for your guy winning! Woo hoo!

Boots in the Oven

Thanks, Albany Jane! Glad you like the banner!


I'll give you the goods. I don't own the drink anymore, and we have to work in teams, it would seem, in NZ, so we'll be doing something different.

The Bee Sting
2 oz 42 Below Honey Vodka
3/4 oz Meyer lemon juice
1/4 oz cracked peppercorn syrup
Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass rinsed with 100% Blue Agave Blanco Tequila--preferable something peppery. Garnish with fresh ground pepper and a flamed lemon peel.

To make the syrup:
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cups whole black peppercorns, lightly crushed (you can put them in a ziplock bag and whack it a few times with your hand on the counter.)

In a sauce pan, bring sugar and water to boil, stirring until all sugar is dissolved. Lower heat, add pepper and simmer, covered, for fifteen minutes. Remove from heat and allow to stand for another fifteen minutes. Strain out solids using a fine mesh strainer and allow to cool before using. For more pepper flavor let it stand a further ten minutes before straining.

If Meyer Lemons are unavailable, Combine the juice of one orange with the juice of ten lemons.

Boots in the Oven

Nice - thanks, Mr. Man! Any plans to serve the Bee Sting at fino?

We just might have to try this out. Teams in NZ, huh? Sounds interesting... maybe a little scary...


We're running it as special for as long as I feel like doing it. At least, probably, until Sept.

Boots in the Oven

Nice. We'll have to drop by. Recongratulations!

Dasha Khripkova

Oh my god! I was there last week and have been thinking about this cocktail eversince. Thank you for publishing it!!!

Rachel @ Boots in the Oven

Glad to help! And all thanks to Bill, o'course. :-)


We wanted to make these for a party the other day and after making a batch of the black pepper syrup I found the cocktail a little less sweet than I remembered. Turns out the syrup recipe has the water and sugar backwards... it should be a double-strength bar syrup, 1 cup water and 2 cups sugar. I confirmed this with Bill at Fino. After adjusting the syrup our Bee Stings were perfect and a huge hit! Thanks Bill.

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