If you're a lover of classic cocktails, you should be familiar with the Bee's Knees cocktail.
Created in Paris in the early 1930s, this cocktail is the definition of simplicity. Just three ingredients (four if you count the ice), it's what a balanced cocktail should be. But sometimes, it's fun to play around with a classic.
Made with Bourbon Barreled Big Gin from Seattle, it already had a little more complexity than the honey-lemon-gin counterpart. But the real secret was the swap of pure maple syrup in place of honey! The earthly flavor of the maple was an ideal balance to the woody gin.
2 oz Bourbon Barreled Big Gin
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.75 oz pure maple syrup
Add all three ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.