Gin • Sour
Bee's Knees

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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.

The Essentials

Honey Syrup
Fresh Lemon Juice
Bar Spoon
The Details


2 oz Gin
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice


  • Shake ingredients and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • The drink can be served with a lemon twist, but it is not necessary.

Mix it Up

The only thing that can make this drink better than it is already is to float a touch of Prosecco or dry Champagne on top. Daisy Buchanan would be proud.

Recommended Gins: Ransom Old Tom Gin, Barr Hill Gin, Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin, Hayman’s Old Tom

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Bee Sting

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.