The bee’s knees cocktail is made with honey syrup instead of simple syrup along with gin and citrus, whether lemon or lime. The cocktail has its origins in Prohibition, back when simple cocktails reigned sweet and supreme.
The bee’s knees cocktail, unlike so many fussy cocktails these days, dates back to the Prohibition era in the 1930s. “The phrase ‘bee’s knees’ was slang at the time for ‘the best,'” explains the author. “During this period, the addition of ingredients such as citrus and honey covered the less-than-ideal smell and taste of bathtub gin.” Just imagine how superlative the cocktail is when made with fine booze.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker
Bee's Knees Cocktail Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 25 M
- Serves 1
- For the honey simple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup water
- For the bee's knees
- Ice cubes, for shaker
- 2 ounces (57 ml) good-quality gin
- 3/4 ounce (21 ml) freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- 3/4 ounce (21 ml) honey simple syrup
- Lemon twist, for garnish
- Make the honey simple syrup
- 1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the honey and water until they’re well combined. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. (You can cover and refrigerate the honey simple syrup for up to a couple weeks.)
- Make the bee’s knees
- 2. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon or lime juice, and honey simple syrup. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.
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