Just a Bee's Kiss...


Fall is in full swing and that means AC's are finally off and our comforters are back on our beds!  This time of year always makes me want to hibernate and I know I am not the only one!  When I am in hibernation mode, I just want to kick back and relax and binge watch the TV shows or movies I have been putting off to when I had the time.  Now is the time people!!  What kind of drink would be good to sip on in the early fall nights?  Hmm...the only thing I know is I am not ready for anything hot to drink just yet.  How about something rich, creamy and with honey!   The classic cocktail a Bee's Kiss comes to mind!  

The Bee's Kiss comes from Trader Vic's 'Book of Food and Drink' which was published in 1946.  I am sure most of you have heard of Trader Vic's, it is a Polynesian themed restaurant that has locations all over!  The founder of the restaurant chain was Victor Jules Bergeron Jr., he was a huge contributor in the Tiki cocktail culture of the 1950's and 1960's!  He passed away in 1984, but I am sure he would be tickled to know we all still love his magnificent tropical libations!  A Bee's Kiss is one of my favorite classic rum cocktails of all time, trust me on this you are going to want one or three "like bees to the honey!"


  • 3/4 oz. Heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 oz. Honey syrup (3 parts honey to 1 part water-I use a wildflower honey)
  • 2 oz. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Venezuelan Rum  (Any aged rum will work)


Take out your shaker tin and combine all ingredients and dry whip ingredients for 10-15 seconds really emulsifying the cream, honey and rum.  Add ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, your shaker tin will get frosty that's when you know it is ready.  Double strain with your Hawthorne and fine strainer into a chilled coupe glass, with no ice.  Garnish with grated nutmeg and I add grated cinnamon too!  Enjoy! 

 A little background on my preferred spirits and inclusions:

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Venezuelan Rum:  A copper pot distilled funky and fun Venezuelan rum made from molasses.  That is aged for 12 years in small oak casks making it a deep rich amber color.  Flavor notes of brown sugar, toffee, oranges, raisins, chocolate and cinnamon.  The distillery is located on the northern slopes of the Andes mountains.  This rum is one of the most awared rums in the world!