This tall, golden cocktail is a Bees Knees variation taken to extremes. Created by Jacob Racusin at The Snug in San Francisco, it combines marigold-infused vodka with honey, bee pollen, lemon juice and rose water. “The connection between bees, honey and flowers just seemed like a natural fit to me,” Racusin says. Marigold petals impart a subtle floral flavor to the vodka, as well as a glowing, yellow hue. Shaken and served over crushed ice with a garnish of marigold petals and a piece of honeycomb, this cocktail is the essence of flower power. Serve it at your next brunch or springtime dinner party and prepare for a standing ovation.
Note: When making marigold-infused vodka, be sure to use organic flowers. “Otherwise there will be unwanted chemicals on them,” Racusin warns.