This Prohibition-era cocktail borrows it’s name from the slang phrase at the time meaning “the best.”
Like most cocktails during this era, the design was more about concealing the poor quality of available spirits, especially “bath tub” gin.
This cocktail was unusual, in that it used honey as the primary sweetener, as opposed to sugar or simple syrup. The result is actually quite pleasant, with the unctuous quality of the honey lurking in the background.
The use of honey is a bit challenging, as shaking the drink with crushed ice makes the honey tough to fully integrate due to its thickening viscosity.
Refreshing and crisp, the Bee’s Knees is a welcome addition to one’s cocktail repertoire.
2 oz. London Dry Gin
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 oz. Honey
Shake with crushed ice and strain into a coupe glass. Lemon twist garnish.