May is National Honey Month, and to celebrate we've got a beautiful classic sour variation from the prohibition era. Taking its name from the 20s slang term meaning 'the height of excellence', The Bee's Knees came about the same way as many prohibition cocktails: In an attempt to disguise low quality gin.
With modern gins however the Bee's Knees is a beautiful, delicate cocktail with higher, more floral notes than an average 2:1:1 sour. We sourced a beautiful local honey from Honey I'm Home in Maylands to use in our honey syrup. In a pinch, you can use any honey you have lying around, but since it's Honey Month, we think this drink tastes all the sweeter with local, sustainable honey.
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Water
Stir honey and water together over low heat until fully cohesive. Let cool on the counter or in an ice bath.
The Bee's Knees
3/4oz Honey Syrup
3/4oz Lemon Juice
Shake all all ingredients and strain into a chilled coupe glass.