Ingredients: 2 oz. grape flavored gin, 3/4 oz. honey syrup, 1 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
Directions: Shake all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail or rocks glass, garnish with lemon twist (optional).
The precise origins of the Bee’s Knees are lost to history, but it was almost certainly created during Prohibition, since it began appearing in cocktail recipe books right around the time of Repeal in 1934. The name alone gives it away (“the bee’s knees” was to the ’20s as “the shizz” or “all that and a bag of chips” are today). Don’t let the inclusion of honey syrup throw you, as it’s just equal parts honey and water, boiled and then cooled. The addition of grape flavored gin interacts well with all the ingredients, from the sweetness of the honey to the tartness of the lemon juice to the other botanicals in the gin itself.