Drinks on Me: Earls Kitchen & Bar Bees Knees

[ 0 ] September 2, 2015 |

Earls Kitchen + Bar is slated to open in mid-October in Tysons Corner Center.  The Vancouver based restaurant group has opened over 64 restaurants in North America in its over 33 years in business.  Sounds like this new venture in the area is bound to be a success.  I had the opportunity to try out some of the new cocktails that will make the cut this October and I am here to report happy hour at Tysons could become a real thing.  Under the direction of Beverage Director Cameron Bogue, a Portland native recruited from Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant Group in 2011, Earl’s cocktail menu has an eclectic mix of flavors and presentation styles.  I was especially impressed with how unique these cocktails were for a “chain restaurant”.  Cameron heads up the entire program for the 64 restaurants and does not flake on giving quality recommendations for the beverage program.  My favorite is the Bees Knees and I had to share the recipe.  Cheers to the new kid on the block and Fall cocktails!

Earls Bees Knees Cocktail (Image via Earls)

Earls Bees Knees Cocktail (Image via Earls)


A citrusy gin drink sweetened with honey

0.75 fl oz                                             House Made Honey Syrup

1 fl oz                                                  Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice

0.75 fl oz                                             Aviation Gin

0.75 fl oz                                             Cointreau

3 dashes                                              Angostura Bitters


  1. In a Mixing glass; measure 0.75 fl oz Honey Syrup, 1 fl oz Fresh Lemon Juice, 0.75 fl oz Aviation Gin, 0.75 Cointreau and 3 dashes Angostura Bitters.
  2. Pack Mixing glass full of ice. Top with a stainless steel shaking tin.
  3. Shake vigorously 12 times to mix ingredients.
  4. Strain over fresh ice into a Honey Bear Jar.
  5. Garnish with a Lemon Zest and a Wooden Honey Dipper.

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Category: Alcoholic beverages, Recipes, VA

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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