The Bee’s Knees is a prohibition-era gin-based drink made with gin, fresh lemon juice and honey, served shaken and chilled. It is brightly flavoured, light and sweet. The drink was created to hide the scent of poor quality homemade spirits which were prevalent in prohibition times. Bathtub gin was standard. The cocktail name, “bee’s knees” comes from a slang meaning “the best”. The honey was seen as unusual at the time given that sugar was more commonly used in drinks. The honey sweetens the drink and makes it appeal to people who don’t generally like gin.
A honey infused gin can be used to push the honey flavour further. Basil can also be used as a garnish or orange juice instead of lemon as a variation. You can top up your Bee’s Knees with champagne to make a French75.
- 50ml Gin
- 25ml Lemon Juice- Recommend juicing yourself
- 25ml Honey
- Cocktail shaker
- Martini Glass
- Juice your lemons
- Add all ingredients to your shaker with plenty of ice
- Shake until cold to touch
- Strain with a sieve into a martini glass, collecting pulp
- Peel the lemon skin and twist to make a garnish