McBees Knees Cocktail

The McBees Knees cocktail recipe was created to toast a collaboration between Finger Lakes Distilling and Lucky Hare Brewing Company. Lucky Hare aged their doppelbock-style lager in a Finger Lakes Distilling rye whiskey barrel, and once it was empty, the barrel was used again to finish a 3-year-old rye whiskey for about 4 weeks. The dark German-style lager picked up nuances of the rye whiskey, and the typical spice from the standard rye whiskey was perfectly balanced by the malty sweetness of the beer.

Celebrate two great craft beverage producers in Finger Lakes Wine Country with this unique cocktail!


2 oz McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey
0.5 oz simple syrup (1 part sugar, 3 parts Lucky Hare Old Ale — reduced to syrup)
0.5 oz fresh lemon
1 tsp honey

Stir the ingredients over ice and garnish with a lemon twist.


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