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Bee's Knees Cocktail - He Spoke Style
Bee's Knees Cocktail - He Spoke Style

Bee’s Knees

September 11th, 2014

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.

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.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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