Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe | SAVEUR

Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Bee's Knees

Bee's Knees

Matt Taylor-Gross

The phrase the “bee’s knees” was used in Prohibition times as slang to mean “the best.” This cocktail, a gin sour that’s believed to have been created around that time, used lemon and honey to mask the harsh smell of bathtub gin. If your guest wants something refreshing with gin, look no further.

What You Will need

Bee's Knees
This Prohibition-era cocktail was created with lemon and honey to mask the harsh smell and taste of bathtub gin.
makes 1 cocktail
5 minutes

For the honey syrup:

1 cup honey
13 cup hot water

For the cocktail:

1 oz. fresh lemon juice
34 oz. honey syrup
2 oz. gin, preferably Beefeater


Make the honey syrup: In a container, combine honey and hot water and stir until completely mixed. Use immediately or store and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
In a shaker tin, combine fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, gin, and ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass.