Nutty Bee’s Knees

honey
2 ½ oz. dry gin
1 oz. amaretto
¾ oz. honey syrup*
½ oz. lemon juice
optional: 3 drops each of almond and lemon extracts
nutmeg
almond

*Honey syrup: Pour boiling water over an equal amount of honey and stir until dissolved.

Drizzle honey into a martini glass in a spiral fashion. Place almond in bottom of glass.

Pour gin, amaretto, syrup, juice and extracts (optional) over ice in a mixing glass.

Add a dash of nutmeg, then stir gently until glass is frosty and drink is very cold.

Strain into martini glass; garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a lemon twist.

Drink this if: the winter blues have you feeling down and you’re in need of a pick-me-up. An adult version of the honey and lemon concoction my mom used to make when I was under the weather, it doubles as a variation on a classic cocktail dubbed the “Bee’s Knees.”

Nutty notes and a zesty zing are contributed by the amaretto and nutmeg, respectively, while the honey mellows the drink. This golden libation will leave you calm and refreshed.