Making up for Lost Time

Toasting to this summer (and last).

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Bottle of deep yellow liqueur with purple and white label reading
Last summer was a bust, so we're betting on this one to be extra epic (and extra outdoorsy). / Courtesy Lee Spirits Co.

Carlos Garcia, sales director for Lee Spirits Co. in Colorado Springs, is betting on floral-forward notes to be this summer’s star. Think jasmine, rose, and lavender—scents that recall summer outings. “Coloradans crave the outdoors,” he says, explaining that with last summer a bust, everyone is going for broke this year. “Cocktails and spirits with floral notes will be the perfect ingredient for porch sipping.” He recommends using the brand’s Lavender Gin for this summery rendition of a bee’s knees:

  • 1 ¼ ounces Lee Spirits Lavender Gin
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice 
  • 1 ounce honey syrup*

Shake vigorously with ice, strain, and serve.

*Make honey syrup with a 2:1 ratio of hot water to honey.

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