Bees Knees

Bees Knees - Perfect Prohibition-era Cocktail


2 oz.


1/2 oz.

honey syrup

3/4 oz.

lemon juice


lemon twist

Glassware & Tools:

  • Coupe Glass

  • Boston Shaker

  • Jiggers

  • Hawthorne Strainer

This classic gin cocktail is relatively simple to make and dates back to the hay-day of American Prohibition. During prohibition, many Americans dabbled in making moonshine… And since juniper was plentiful, “bathtub gin” became a commonly made spirit. Contrary to what many people believe, “bathtub gin” was never made in a bathtub. Rather, it was given that nickname since many people would use the bathtub spigot to cut this high proof spirit with water.

Even with the help of water, these homemade gins were still pretty rough. So, to mask the harsh taste, people would throw together ingredients they had in abundance. Thus, the Bee’s Knees was born! A well-balanced cocktail made with gin, honey, and lemon juice.

The term “bee’s knees” was originally used to describe something very tiny. It wasn’t until the slang of the roaring twenties that this term evolved to describe something that was considered THE best! Once you taste this classic cocktail, I’m certain you’ll agree it’s rather fantastic for being such a simple cocktail to make.

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How to Make:

  1. Combine all ingredients into the base of your Boston shaker
    filled with ice
  2. Seal and shake until well chilled
  3. Strain into a coupe glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist


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