The Bee’s Knee’s

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The Bee’s Knee’s is a Prohibition-era cocktail featuring gin, lemon juice, and honey. This refreshing gin sour summer cocktail is cool and bright.  The phrase “bee’s knees” was popular slang in those days and was used to refer to something that was excellent or outstanding.

I recommend using a dry gin that pairs well with citrus and honey. You can also make this drink with vodka if you prefer.
Rather than using straight honey, which may not blend well with the other cold ingredients, use a honey simple syrup that has been diluted with water. I was fortunate to have some homegrown honey from a local beekeeper. This honey is thick, rich, and golden, yet not too cloying.
Mix equal parts of honey and water and place them in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup. Heat until slightly warm and then whisk or stir together until the honey is dissolved. You will need 1/2 oz of honey for each cocktail so make as much honey syrup as needed. If you make a lot, no worries, it will keep in the refrigerator until your next party.
Next pour the gin, freshly squeezed lemon, and honey syrup into the cocktail shaker, add ice and shake for about 30 seconds to chill and blend the liquids. Pour the drink into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon. It’s the bee’s knees!

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