Classic: Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees cocktail is a delicious prohibition era cocktail made with bath-tub the finest premium gin. It’s also a great way to bribe our photographer. It will come as no surprise to the members of this blog that our photographer has a slight honey addiction. It was with him in mind that I first made this cocktail.

Me: “Hey, can you take a picture of a cocktail for our blog?”
Anthony (our photographer): “No, I’m a little tired.”
Me: “I’ll fill it with honey…”
Anthony <licks lips, unzips camera bag, complains about lighting. and starts taking pictures>

The Bee’s Knees cocktail dates back to prohibition, when the use of ingredients such as lemon and honey were needed to hide the poor taste of illegal “bath-tub” gins. Nowadays, this drink is still a delicious concoction, whether your gin comes from a premium distillery or from a sketchy farmer’s bath-tub (just pick your favourite gin, we’re not here to judge…).

Oh, and trust me; this cocktail really is the Bee’s Knees…


2 oz gin
¾ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ oz honey syrup
Lemon twist or maraschino cherries

Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for approximately 20 seconds.  Serve straight up in a coupe and garnish with a twist of lemon or maraschino cherries.

Note on Honey Syrup: To make the honey syrup, combine 1 part honey and 1 part water in a saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often.  This is essentially a simple syrup with honey instead of sugar.

Now I need to figure out how to incorporate honey in my future pasta post, so Anthony will take pictures…


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