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The Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Whip up a cocktail reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. Tori Avey of The History Kitchen shares the origin of the drink and the history of Prohibition in a full post on her blog.



  • Honey Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • Bee's Knees Cocktail
  • 1 oz (2 tbsp) honey simple syrup – method below
  • ¾ ounce (1 ½ tbsp) gin
  • ½ oz (1 tbsp) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ oz (1 tbsp) freshly squeezed orange juice


  1. To Make Honey Simple Syrup: Combine water and honey in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, whisking often, till the mixture reaches a slow simmer and the honey is liquid and smooth. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. To Make Cocktail: Combine 2 tbsp of the honey simple syrup, gin, lemon juice and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a small chilled cocktail glass and serve.
  3. Reserve remaining honey simple syrup for more cocktails. If left to stand longer than a few hours, the syrup will need to be re-simmered and recombined, then cooled again.