Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Caledonia Spirits Hosts Bee’s Knees Week This September

Caledonia Spirits

Vermont’s Caledonia Spirits, makers of the honey-based Barr Hill Gin and other spirits, is paying it back to the bee community this September by hosting its annual Bee’s Knees Week. The point of this cocktail fundraiser is to support “organizations that work to protect bees and other pollinators,” according to a statement from the distillery. Since Bee’s Knees Week started back in 2017, the distillery has worked with bars and restaurants around the country to raise over $63,000 by selling Bee’s Knees cocktails for the cause (made with gin, lemon juice, and honey — you can find the recipe here). But obviously things are different this year due to the COVID pandemic, so Caledonia will be changing up its game plan by focusing on home bartenders and social media, in addition to bars and restaurants that remain open for business.

Here’s how things will work this year: From September 18-27, order a Bee’s Knees cocktail from a participating bar, or make one at home. Then share a photo of the cocktail on social media using #beeskneesweek2020, tagging @barrhillgin, and tagging the bar, restaurant, or store where you purchased Barr Hill Gin. It’s as easy as that, and for every qualifying photo posted, Caledonia Spirits will plant ten square feet of bee habitat, ensuring that our little striped friends continue to do what they do best (and perhaps help stave off colony collapse disorder). Also, bars, stores, and restaurants that rack up enough photos to exceed their actual physical square footage will receive a special gift.

“Like everyone else, we have had to adapt during these unprecedented times, but with change comes opportunity – and we’re very excited about our plans for Bee’s Knees Week this year,” said Caledonia Spirits president and head distiller Ryan Christiansen in a prepared statement. “Being able to participate from home is going to get so many more people involved in the cause, and that’s what Bee’s Knees Week is all about. Bees are so essential to our environment yet they face an incredible amount of challenges – whether it’s colony collapse, pesticides, or habitat loss due to overdevelopment. That’s why this year’s initiative will be geared toward planting new bee habitat to help offset some of those losses.”

Here is where you can find participating bars, restaurants, and stores, or sign up for Bee’s Knees Week if you own one of those establishments.

Editors' Recommendations

Sam Slaughter
Sam Slaughter was the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for…
The 19 best frozen drinks for impending heat waves
The heat is coming, are you ready? You will be with these 19 delicious frozen cocktail recipes
A toast with two Sure Sure cocktails

A good frozen drink is bliss served cold. From the snow cones and ICEEs of youth to the frigid cocktails of adulthood, these beverages serve a couple of major purposes. One, they take the sting out of a scalding day. Two, at least if you're of age, they add a bit of playfulness to the cocktail circuit, not to mention a welcome buzz.
What is the secret to a good frozen drink?
For the record, you can make just about any drink into a frozen cocktail. You simply need good crushed ice (made at home or procured from a store — or even a fast food joint like Sonic) and, oftentimes, a little more sweetness to balance out the added water content. Remember, the ice is going to melt, meaning dilution will ensue.

Texture is another issue, and the smoothest drinks are made by way of a good blender. Make sure you have a solid model and start on a lower setting to begin with. You can always blend more, but once you've blended too much, you're out of luck and missed your chance at that snow-like consistency.

Read more
7 delicious whiskey mixers that aren’t Coke
Jack and Coke is a classic, but sometimes you want to mix it up a little
Whiskey being poured into a glass.

We all love a Jack and Coke. Of course, we do. It's a classic cocktail staple, and that's a beautiful thing. But some days, we're craving something different. Something out of the ordinary. Some days, we seek the bar stool less traveled, if you will.

Before you roll your eyes and think that there's some new trendy drink mixer on the market made of some magical organic fruit no one has ever heard of, don't worry. Most of these whiskey mixers are refrigerator staples you probably already have. While you should pour most whiskeys into a glass and sip them neat or on the rocks, a nice and simple cocktail with a handy mixer can be just as tasty. So grab some whiskey, your favorite whiskey glass (rocks or highball glass), and one of these best whiskey mixers.

Read more
A guide to the many gems of Santa Barbara wine country
Want to check out one of the most exciting American wine scenes? Go to Santa Barbara
Brewer-Clifton vineyard view.

California has it good. From pristine coastlines and great weather to remarkable wine regions, it's hard not to love the place. Santa Barbara in particular touts all of the above and is, among other things, one of the most buzzed-about American wine areas at the moment.

It's home to great winemakers and bottles that won't break the bank. The scenery is stunning and it's all headquartered around a couple of big cities. That means you can taste by day and explore town by night.

Read more