Bee’s Knees (Optimized)

  • Base Spirit Gin
  • Preparation Shaken
  • Flavor Refreshing/Citrusy
  • Served Up

The following recipe is an updated version of a Prohibition Era standard. In the original form, the lemon and honey elements were added to mask the taste of low-grade bathtub gin. In our modern version, the three elements serve to compliment each other, providing a natural compliment to the gin’s florals and some sweetness to offset the bite.

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Bee's Knees (Optimized)
  1. Combine lemon juice, gin, and syrup in mix tins. Add ice.
  2. Shake to cool.
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass*.
Recipe Notes

*If you want to truly celebrate the prohibition-era nature of this cocktail, fine strain the shaken cocktail into an Americano-sized coffee cup with saucer. Honey, gin and lemon were used together to hide the pungent aromas of homemade bathtub gin during the time that it was illegal, and were therefore served in glasses that made the cocktail inconspicuous.

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