Bee’s knees cocktail
Legend has it that this fresh, slightly sweet drink was born in Prohibition-era America, with the honey and lemon employed to disguise the taste of poor-quality ‘bathtub gin’.
- Prepare5 mins
- Total time5 mins
- 2 tsp clear honey
- 50ml London dry gin
- 20ml lemon juice
- 10ml orange juice
- Ice, for chilling
- Strip of lemon zest, to serve
- Honeycomb (we used Rowse Cut Comb in Acacia Honey), to serve (optional)
Shortly before you want to make the cocktail, mix the honey in a small bowl with 1 tbsp boiling water. Once it’s cooled a little, put in a cocktail shaker with the gin, citrus juices and plenty of ice. Shake well, then strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with the lemon zest and a chunk of honeycomb on a cocktail stick, if liked.
And to drink...
Divide the mixture between two flutes and top with fizz for a ‘Buzzing bee’s knees’.