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Crafting Cocktails: Paulo Pereira's B's Knees

By Paulo Pereira
The Bar

Brass Union

Somerville’s Brass Union has all the elements of a classic neigh­borhood restaurant—game nights, live music, classic fare that includes everything from cheese­burgers to market-fresh ceviche, brunch, monthly pairing dinners, local craft brews, and of course, innovative delicious cocktails.


B's Knees

  • 1 slice cucumber
  • 2 leaves basil
  • 1/2 oz honey
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz St. George Spiced Pear
  • 1 1/2 oz Ford's Gin
  1. Muddle.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Shake.
  4. Fine strain into glass.
  5. Add fried basil garnish.

About the Drink

I wanted to take a classic and bump it up a little bit when I created the B's Knees. With the same base as the classic Bee's Knees, (lemon, honey & gin) I added fresh some fresh components, basil and cucumber, as well as the spiced pear liqueur to really have the flavor of the cocktail pop. I changed the spelling of the name in memory of a great man and friend we lost way too soon, Chef B. Feel like he'd enjoy one of these after a long night in the kitchen.

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