Bee’s Knees Cocktail

  • Serves

    makes 1 cocktail

  • Cook

    5 minutes


By Dan Q. Dao

Published on April 26, 2017

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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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


Step 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.

Step 2

In a shaker tin, combine fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, gin, and ice.

Step 3

Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass.

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