The Bee’s Knees

Goal #53: Mix 40 new cocktails.

Note: This means pre-existing cocktails but new to me. Also,  if I’ve drank it before but haven’t made it myself, it counts.

A Prohibition-era cocktail from here:

  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 oz. honey syrup (3 parts water to 1 part honey)

Shake with ice, strain and pour.

Tasty, but I would have liked a stronger honey flavor than this one gave me. Using a 1:1 syrup or even just straight honey, as some recipes suggest, might be good. I’d also try upping the gin flavor to 1.5 oz. or even 2 oz. depending on your tastes–as is, the lemon overwhelms it.

I also made a variation with bourbon for my boyfriend (who’s not a gin fan). I liked that one even better, and with a stronger honey flavor it could be delicious.


  1. Mai Tai (Trader Vic recipe)
  2. Blue Hawaii
  3. Castaway
  4. Eastern Sour
  5. Royal Hawaiian
  6. Blue Reef
  7. Planter’s Punch
  8. Harvey Wallbanger
  9. Brandy Alexander
  10. Mint Julep
  11. Trade Wind Cocktail
  12. Coronado Luau Special
  13. Mojito
  14. Captain’s Grog
  15. Lava Flow
  16. Shrunken Skull
  17. Singapore Sling
  18. Blue Hawaiian
  19. Navy Grog
  20. Don’s Own Planter’s
  21. Doctor Cocktail
  22. Pegu Club
  23. Curacao Punch
  24. Hot Toddy
  25. Apple Cider Margarita
  26. The Bee’s Knees

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