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Bee’s Knees

Bee's Knees cocktail with gin and honey syrup

We don’t know much about the history of this cocktail, other than apocryphal stories about its invention as a way to cover up the acrid flavors of Prohibition-era bathtub gin. It’s first mentioned in print in 1948, in David Embry’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. Embry talks some trash about the original equal-parts recipe for the drink, before suggesting it’s better as a variation on the gin sour.

This is a recipe that lends itself well to herbal or floral gins, or Old Tom gin (which is a bit sweeter than your typical London Dry). If you go the Old Tom route, drop the honey down a tad to compensate for the additional sweetness.

Ingredients

Instructions

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. You may want to double-strain the drink to remove any little bits of lemon pulp.

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