30 Cocktails in 30 Days – Day 4: the Killer Bee

Killer Bee honey vodka cocktail recipe

Day 4 of 30 Cocktails in 30 Days Challenge: the Killer Bee

Years ago, Mrs Romance and I would regularly head to Attic Bar in Sydney with two of our best friends Sharon and Paul. At the top of Sydney’s Arthouse Hotel, Attic Bar had happy hour cocktails on Mondays.

It was there that Paul and I discovered the belligerent virtues of the Killer Bee – an Attic Bar creation.

It’s a lively little number – and caution is required, as it has a potent sting in its tail. Sadly, Attic Bar changed its happy hour to Wednesday and Paul and I could no longer pay patronage. It didn’t stop Mrs Romance and Sharon from making the most of the offer though, and we’d hear all about their escapades the next day.

How to make a killer bee

Killer Bee honey vodka cocktail recipe

Here’s what you need:

For each drink

  • ½ measure elderflower cordial
  • ½ measure vanilla syrup
  • ¼ lime
  • 1 shot manuka honey vodka or regular vodka and a teaspoon of runny honey
  • 1 shot Jagermeister
  • Dash of chili schnapps or ½ a hot chili
  • Ice
  • Cocktail shaker, muddler, long spoon
  • Chilled martini glass

Here’s what you do:

  1. Put the elderflower cordial, vanilla syrup and lime in a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have chili schnapps, put ½ a hot chili in the shaker now instead. Cut the chili in half and remove the seeds with a knife.
  2. Muddle the ingredients in the shaker.
  3. Add the Manuka honey vodka (or regular vodka and honey), Jagermeister, chili schnapps and ice to the shaker and stir with long spoon.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve with a lime wedge.

You might want to also serve with a bucket of water as the chili has an interestingly incendiary effect on the senses if you overdo it!

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  • Reply June 4, 2013


    That sounds delicious!!! I’ve never heard of adding chilli to a cocktail, must try this out.

    Daisy xo

    • Reply June 4, 2013

      Mrs Romance

      Thanks Daisy! I was a little dubious myself but Mr R has nailed it with this one x

  • I can’t even imagine what this would be like. I love chilli and I love cocktails, so I’m sure I would enjoy this too. Rachel x

    • Reply June 4, 2013

      Mr Romance

      Hi Rachel

      Yeah, it’s quite a unique taste -the chilli only warms your mouth up at the end of each sip, so it’s a really nice winter drink. the rest has a sweet herbie flavour. Love this cocktail!

      Next time we’re in Redcliffe we’ll have to go the Belvedere and get them to make one for us!



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