So I don’t consider myself a huge fan of gin. Sure, I like a good G&T on a hot summer evening, and negronis are one of my favorites, but it isn’t usually the first thing I chose. I was flipping though a cocktail book when I found this, the Bee’s Knees. Its a prohibition-era cocktail that derived its name from the popular slang meaning “the best,” and I certainly have to agree– its both delicious, and requires only three ingredients: gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup (honey-simple syrup). It’s an easy cocktail to make, and seems more impressive than it really is, which is always a plus.
We generally get our honey from the farmer’s market, and this one was perfect for this cocktail. Supposedly sourwood honey is one of the best in Tennessee (according to the farmer we bought it from); it has complex flavors, and isn’t overwhelmingly sweet. Besides some great honey, I definitely recommend using fresh-squeezed lemon juice. I know it takes a bit of extra time, but I promise it’s worth it- you won’t have that slight chemical taste you get with the bottled stuff.
This cocktail works well with at least a mid-shelf gin, I like Bombay, but I’ve also made it with home-infused gin (I got my boyfriend a gin kit for Christmas), and it was even better.
• 3/4oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 3/4oz honey simple syrup (2tbs honey + 2tbs water makes enough for two)
• 2 oz gin
1. place all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously
2. strain into a glass, garnish with a lemon wedge if you’d like, and enjoy!