The Bee's Knees is an Easy Gin Cocktail Everyone Should Know

You know what was not great during Prohibition (apart from the total ban on alcohol, that is)? The gin. In fact, the illicit gin prevalent during America’s dry period was quite a bit less than great. Often “crafted” in a bathtub, it was notoriously rough around the edges. To smooth out those edges, people tinkered with all kinds of sweetening, taste-masking mixers. A dollop of fresh lemon juice, a few dashes of honey syrup, and that bathtub gin straightened right out. That’s how this classic was born, and, of course, when mixed with proper gin, it’s not just a way to choke down extra-legal liquor, but a high-quality, balanced cocktail. There’s a reason it endures nearly a century later: it’s the ‘bee’s knees,’ 1920s slang for “the best.”

Here's the easy recipe:

Ingredients |

  • 2 oz gin
  • .75 oz honey syrup
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Method |

  • Add gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice to a shaker tin with ice.
  • Shake to combine and chill.
  • Strain into a Coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.