bee’s knees cocktail

by amy |

This prohibition-era cocktail can be found on most cocktail menus, but is also one of the easiest cocktails (IMO) to make at home. Apparently, back in the prohibition-era, the honey and lemon were used to mask the smell of bathtub gin. Luckily today we are able to get the good stuff, like this Vim & Petal Dry Gin from Columbus’ own Middle West Spirits, which makes this drink even more desirable.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce honey syrup*
  • Ice
  • Lemon slice for garnish

*In a small sauce pot, combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup honey. Stir over medium heat until combined (about 3 minutes). You can store left over honey syrup in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the gin, lemon juice and honey syrup; shake well
  • Strain into glass
  • Garnish with lemon slice or twist
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