Bees’ Knees – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Aug 2 2013 - 6:48am by RetroRuth

Okay, honestly I picked this cocktail because of the name, but Tom picked it because it promised to do what no other cocktail has done for him: Make gin drinkable!

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Bees' Knees
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Ingredients
  • 1 jigger gin
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Shake well with ice; strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with button marigold if desired.

 

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According to the 2-in-1 Recipe Card, this cocktail is an authentic Prohibition cocktail, where the smoothness of honey was used to cut the sting of bathtub gin.

Or, in Tom’s case, any gin.

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“This is actually good.”

“Really? So the honey thing works?”

“Yep. Now this is a gin cocktail I like.”

The Verdict: Good

From the Tasting Notes:

The honey actually did cut the “sting” of the gin. Ended up smooth and delicious!

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11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Andrea August 2, 2013 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Oooh, another one I will have to give a go, with Darren’s love of gin. I like that it was an authentic prohibition cocktail, too!

  2. Sara In AZ August 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Soooooooooo need this today…..looks really good….it’s been one of those weeks! eeks!!!

  3. Amy August 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    nice! I actually quite like Gin so I’ll be trying this one.

  4. David August 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    “Here, have a drink”.

    “Mmm… GIN! This drink is the bee’s knees!”

    “Speaking of, mine are getting weak. I’d better go while there’s still color in my face, and lunch in my stomach”.

    • David August 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      In other words, I’ll quote Kim Campbell:

      “I hate gin… shiver.”

  5. fifi August 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    This sounds great! I love gin. I like honey. I love lemon. And the button marigold makes it perfect!

  6. Kim Campbell August 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Well, I may have to try this one. I hate gin :shiver:

  7. Natalie August 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Mmmmmmm. This is one of my favorite drinks. We make this a lot with friends. I’m glad you both enjoyed it. I think I want one right now….

  8. Hannah August 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    This cocktail is super good, a local prohibition style bar makes this one and a couple others from that era…one of my favorites

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