Like its sister, the Honeysuckle, the Honey Bee doesn’t have much of a history that we could find, outside of a passing mention in David Embry’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drink back in 1948.
This drink deserves more publicity. Of all the honey-sour type drinks we’ve tried, this one undoubtedly has the most character; honey is a surprising, charming complement to the oaky vanilla notes of a good Jamaican dark rum. We’ve had good results using honey varieties that would overwhelm other drinks – mesquite and orange blossom have been especially delightful.
- 2 parts Dark rum
- ¾ part Honey syrup
- ½ part Lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. You might want to double-strain to remove the little bits of lemon pulp.
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- The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David Embry
- Breakdown of the history of the Bee’s Knees and comparison of recipes by Reddit user Hebug