Bee’s Knees

Bee’s Knees

This is a classic prohibition cocktail that is very simple and easy to make.  The name was a term in the late 1800s meaning the best or the coolest like another expression “the cat’s pajamas”.  Honey was used instead of sugar to further mask the harsh taste of bathtub gin made in many speakeasy bars.


  • 2 Ounces (60ml) Gin – you can use Beefeater if you cannot find St. George Botanivore
  • 1/2 Ounce (15ml) Honey Syrup (equal parts honey dissolved in hot water)
  • 1/2 Ounce (15ml) Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Rind Garnish

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously  and strain into a coupe glass.  I personally find honey overbearing in many cocktails, especially this one. I could barely taste the gin, so I would use less honey syrup and/or try sugar.


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