Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Have you ever heard of a bee’s knees cocktail? I sure hadn’t, but I’m very glad I found it. The phrase “Bees Knees” has been around since the 1920s and was often used to describe something “of excellence” or that was considered to be “the best“. Bee’s Knees, the cocktail, is traditionally a gin-based “sour” drink that, like a whisky sour, has a citrus flavor and is slightly sweet.

Bee's Knees Cocktail

This tasty cocktail is thought to have emerged during the Prohibition era when bathtub gin was all the rage. Mixers such as honey and lemon were added to help mask the harshness of the gin and create a more potable drink. Surprisingly, honey does not make this cocktail overly sweet–rather it provides subtle floral undertones in an otherwise simple drink.

In my recipe, I replace the gin with vodka. Vodka is my go-to alcohol of choice as it is essentially tasteless and thus adaptive. Gin, on the other hand, has several distinctive herbal notes. That said, you can make this lovely specialty drink either way depending on what you prefer. Traditionally served up, this crisp, clean, refreshing cocktail is simple but compliments Summer perfectly.

Bee's Knees Cocktail

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Bee’s Knees Cocktail"

  1. Avatar photo cheddarben says:

    Great drink, but I would probably go for the gin on this one. Celebrate the flavors of the alcohol! 😉

    1. Thanks for your comment. I do love this drink and it’s great both ways, just lovely no matter what 🙂

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