Before moving to Manchester I never really had an affiliation with the bee. You’re never more than a few meters away from one living here. They are on street corners, lampposts, artwork, cars. Manchester makes the humble bee seem very very special and consequently, I have grown a fondness to them. And too right!
Without them, the world would be a very different place, did you know, a third of all of the plants we eat are there because of bees carrying out pollination. Without the honey bees to carry out pollination, we would be without domestic and imported fruits like peaches, kiwis and cherries. Crops including blueberries and almonds grown for commercial purposes rely on the essential role which the honey bees carry out. Without them, life would be a lot harder.
To make 1kg of honey, it would take over 1,000 bees to visit over 4 million flowers. When you think of the scale of that, there is no wonder bees are so busy!
Warner’s Honeybee Gin
Warners got in touch to let me know that it is National Honey Bee Day on the 15th of August and would I like to celebrate by trying their new gin. Warner’s embrace the honeybee with their own beehives on Falls Farm, where they collected their very first harvest back in 2017.
Every bottle of Warners Honeybee Gin has a big dollop of honey in it, not only does the gin taste delicious it comes with an added bonus. It’s own packet of wildflower seeds for you to seed at home, perfect for helping create some of the 4 million flowers needed to help the honeybee make its honey!
Warner’s The Bees Knees Cocktail
50ml Warner’s Honeybee Gin
20ml Lemon juice
20ml Orange juice
2 teaspoons of honey
1 egg white (optional)
Shake all ingredients with ice for 10 seconds. Double strain the liquid into the other half of the shaker and empty the ice. Dry shake for another 10 seconds and pour into a glass.
Not only is this cocktail absolutely delicious, evoking feelings of summer, but it is also incredibly easy to make. It’s light and foamy reminding me of a lemon meringue pie topping. A must-try for any honeybee fans.
Thanks for Warner’s for gifting their Honeybee Gin and I look forward to planting the seeds next spring and encouraging more bees into my world.