Bee’s Knees Cocktail

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Yield: makes 1 cocktail

Cook Time: 5 minutes


This cocktail, a gin sour that’s believed to have been created around that time, used lemon and honey to mask the harsh smell of bathtub gin. If your guest wants something refreshing with gin, look no further.


1 cup honey

1 ⁄ 3 cup hot water

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

3 ⁄ 4 oz. honey syrup

2 oz. gin, preferably Beefeater


Make the honey syrup: In a container, combine honey and hot water and stir until completely mixed. Use immediately or store and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

In a shaker tin, combine fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, bourbon, and ice.

Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass.