|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The bee's knees is a delicious Prohibition-era cocktail. The recipe adds a little sweet and sour to gin and, with just three ingredients, it's incredibly easy to mix up.
Some stories claim that the bee's knees was concocted because the honey masked the odor of the liquor. While that may be the case, one has to wonder if it really did the trick given some of the stories about the often pungent bathtub gins circulating during that time.
With today's variety of gins, the bee's knees is a delightful cocktail with fun possibilities. A London dry gin will create a completely different profile than one of the new American-style gins. Each gin has its own blend of botanicals that will be accented quite nicely with the lemon and honey, so it's a unique experience with every drink.
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce honey syrup
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice (fresh)
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Serve and enjoy!
Every bar and restaurant will put their own spin on a great cocktail like the bee's knees. It's such a simple recipe that affords itself to some experimentation.
For example, Hard Rock International has bartenders shake up 2 ounces Hendrick's Gin, 1 1/2 ounce sweet and sour, and 1 ounce of honey syrup. They also garnish it with a lemon wedge. It's a fun twist on the original that is perfect for many of the less-traditional gins.
Sweet and Sour to Taste
You will notice that these two recipes invert the sweet and sour ingredients. The first uses more sweetener and less juice while the second concentrates on the sour. There are two reasons for this:
- Each recipe was adapted to the style of gin used. A traditional London dry gin with the juniper-forward flavor profile is best with a little less citrus. The Hard Rock's version opts for the softer profile of the cucumber-forward Hendrick's, which can take a little more tartness.
- The other reason lies with the sour ingredient itself. Sour mix (aka sweet and sour) is a citrus-flavored simple syrup, so it naturally has some sweetness that plays down the tartness of the citrus. This means you'll need less honey syrup to create a well-balanced drink.
Keep these two factors in mind as you play around with the bee's knees. It's likely that each new gin you pour will require a little more or a little less of either ingredient.
How Strong Is the Bee's Knees?
As with many classic cocktails, the bee's knees is not a very light drink. It has a high concentration of alcohol and the syrup and juice do little to tame it down. However, it is a full-flavored drink and comes in about average for this style, with an alcohol content around 21 percent ABV (42 proof).