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Photos courtesy of Astoria Distilling Company
Photos courtesy of Astoria Distilling Company

It’s time to get buzzed.

The Queen Bee Cocktail Classic will bring happy swarms to the Falchi Building in Long Island City on Monday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Six fiercely competitive mixologists from bars around New York City will vie for a trophy and bragging rights in this annual, all-female soiree by making alcoholic beverages with Queens Courage, a locally distilled Old Tom gin, and – what else? – honey.

They will use honey from a bee farm on Falchi Building’s rooftop that Queens Courage owner Chris Murillo maintains.

To take place at Proof+Gauge, a modern day speakeasy, tickets are $40 each. Attendees will be able to consume the contestants’ creations (one ticket is good for six sample cocktails), munch on vittles by Don Tapas, and even cast votes to determine the winner of the Buzzed Fan Favorite Award. The top-ranking concoction will grace Proof+Gauge’s fall menu.

Last year’s winner, Jena Ellenwood, who actually tends bar at Proof+Gauge, has indicated that she is ready to defend her title. Her creation, The Mellow Buzz, will be served along with Honey Brown Ale by LIC-based Big Alice Brewery during the afterparty.

In case you were interested to stir up The Mellow Buzz yourself, here are the instructions:  First mix 1.5 ounces of Queens Courage, a half ounce of lemon, a dash of orange bitters, and one ounce of honey chamomile syrup (made by pouring one cup of simple syrup over three tablespoons of chamomile flowers, steeping for 12 to 16 hours, and straining). Then shake the ingredients with ice and pour into a glass. Garnish with chamomile flowers to taste. Add fresh ice, if needed.

 

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