Bee’s Knees Cocktail

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.

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What You Will need

Bee’s Knees Bee’s Knees Cocktail
This Prohibition-era cocktail was created with lemon and honey to mask the harsh smell and taste of bathtub gin.
Yield: makes 1 cocktail
Time: 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


  1. 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.
  2. In a shaker tin, combine fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, gin, and ice.
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass.