Roderick Groetzinger took his inspiration from the 1920’s to create a new twist on a prohibition-era cocktail called “Bee’s Knees” – a blend of gin, lemon and honey. Groetzinger’s new version of the classic cocktail, named “Bee Humble,” is available at Sermet’s Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar.
The recipe includes an aperitif wine, apple brandy, honey syrup, lemon juice and a dash of orange bitters. Simply mix all the ingredients in a shaker and then pour over ice. Garnish with a twist of lemon and an oregano flower. Sermet’s on James Island has a large oregano plant outside the restaurant that, appropriately, attracts a lot of bees – more inspiration for the cocktail’s name, Groetzinger explains.
In addition to being on the menu at Sermet’s, Bee Humble is the featured cocktail at Bottles Beverage Superstore for the month of September. So, once you’ve had a taste at Sermet’s, you can pick up the ingredients and recreate it at home.
"Sermet's has a great cocktail program, and Roderick is serving some fun drinks that are perfect to work into your personal repertoire," says Travis Hartong of Bottles. "This collaboration has been a great way to spotlight some of Bottles' local partners in the community, and introduce people to new spirits they might not have tried otherwise."
2 oz. Cocchi Americano
1 oz. Boulard Calvados
.5 oz. Honey Syrup
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
3-4 dashes Bittermens Orange Bitters