During Prohibition, people commonly used fresh lemon and honey to mask the ugly flavors present in bathtub gin. When made with today’s stuff, it’s an even sweeter way to catch a buzz. This formalized version made its first appearance in the early 1930s in Bill Boothby’s World Drinks & How to Mix Them and Frank Meir’s The Artistry of Mixing Drinks.
Mix it Up
During Prohibition, undercover imbibers would flavor bootleg swill with lemon and honey to make it more palatable, which gave way to cocktails like the Bee’s Knees. This spicy take on the classic gin and honey cocktail gets a kick from muddled jalapeño. The vegetal bite is downright addictive.