Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:03am

Bee’s Knees (Circa. 1920’s)

Born of Prohibition, this simple enduring classic made use of easily available ingredients that may have been used to mask poor quality “bathtub” gins of the time. Interestingly during prohibition one of the best selling items in the Sears catalog was Essence of Juniper, suggesting resourceful Americans were finding a way to get their Gin fix even through the driest of times.

The Bee’s Knees recipe appeared in the 1934 edition of San Francisco bartender and author Bill Boothby’s cocktail compendium World Drinks and How to Mix Them.
The Bees Knees (recipe)
50ml/2oz Fords Gin
20ml/0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
20ml/0.75 oz Honey Syrup*

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. *Honey syrup - dissolve one cup of honey into one cup of warm water. #cocktailrecipes #cocktailrecipe #gincocktail #fordsgin #thecocktailgin #agreatcocktailanywhere #ginspiration #beesknees #cocktailhistory #cocktaileducation #ginhistory #londondrygin #cocktailcoupe #coupe #the86co #bybartendersforbartenders #cocktailporn #cocktailculture #prohibitioncocktails #bar