Created during Prohibition, this cocktail employed fresh honey to mask the taste of lousy bathtub gin (which was often made with turpentine and a touch of Sulfuric Acid, to duplicate the alcohol “burn”). When you make it with real gin and good honey it is an absolutely fantastic cocktail. Fresh, golden and downright healthy tasting – like a sunny, spring morning.
THE BEE’S KNEES
(c. Prohibition – Unknown)
The key is using really nice honey – the better and more interesting the honey, the better this tipple will be. In fact, fresh honey, if you can find it locally, comes in all sorts of varieties depending on what flowers the bees tended. We like to play around with different combinations of gin and honey for a real variety of flavors.
- ¾ oz. Lemon
- ¾ oz. Honey Syrup (recipe here – or if you’re just making one drink – use a hair more than half an ounce of honey diluted with a little less than a quarter ounce of water so it’s not too viscous to dissolve.)
- 2 oz. Gin
1. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with the largest ice cubes you can find and shake it long and hard.
2. Strain into cocktail glass, ideally a Coupe.