Prohibition-era cocktails are always simple and delicious. And actually, I think their simplicity is what attracts me to them most. In contrast to today’s craft cocktails, which can contain an often prohibitive list of ingredients for the home bartender, the classics are pure perfection. On the tail end of summer, here’s a favorite of mine called the Bee’s Knees.
2 oz. gin
.75 oz. lemon juice
.75 oz. honey syrup
Combine the gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.
If you’re not in the habit of making your own syrups, you should be. They’re very easy, take relatively no time, and taste much better than the pre-bottled concoctions on the grocery store shelves. To make the honey syrup, use a 2:1 ratio of clover honey to water. Add the honey and water to a small sauce pan and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until combined. Remove from heat, let cool, transfer to a bottle or jar, and store in the refrigerator.
Be mindful that the style of gin you use can make a huge impact on how the drink tastes. A London dry makes the cocktail a bit too tart for my taste. I prefer something with a bit more going on, like Aviation or Botanist. Either of these really tie it together, in my opinion.
Have you tried a Bee’s Knees cocktail before?
Thanks for reading.
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