Bee's Knees (cocktail)
|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||Straight up; without ice|
|Standard garnish||lemon peel|
|Standard drinkware||Cocktail glass|
|Commonly used ingredients||
|Preparation||Shake with ice and strain into a chilled large cocktail glass|
The name comes from prohibition-era slang meaning "the best."
Like many prohibition-era cocktails, the Bee's Knees was invented as a way to hide the scent and flavor of poor quality homemade spirits, in this case bathtub gin. The addition of honey was considered bizarre by some at the time, since sugar is more usual. The honey sweetens the drink, and may make it palatable to people who don't normally like gin.
- Barr Hill Gin is sometimes recommended for its honey infusion, though other gins may be used.
- The honey may be diluted 1:1 with warm water to thin the consistency.
- The honey may be diluted 1:1 with simple syrup instead of water.
- A sprig of basil may be used for garnish instead of lemon peel.
- Some variations contain orange juice
- Add 2 dashes of Absinthe and 2 dashes of orange bitters to make a variation called "Oldest Living Confederate Widow"
- "Bee's Knees". Post Prohibition Handcrafted cocktails. Baltimore: Post Prohibition. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- Westfall, JD. "5 Prohibition Cocktails You Should Try". Q Avenue. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- Puchko, Kathy. "The Origins Of 10 Popular Prohibition Cocktails". Mental Floss. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
- Deluna, Dani (10 November 2014). "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow". Home Bar Girl. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
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