February 10, 2022

Bee's Knees

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Empress Gin adds a touch of color and pizzazz to this classic Bee's Knees cocktail recipe.
A bright pinkish-purple Gin cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass against a black background and garnished with a lemon twist

It’s been a while since I’ve whipped up a classic cocktail, so given that it’s a cold and grey Hump Day here in Georgia, I decided to cheer things up with a simple and delicious Bee’s Knees cocktail!

Created by Austrian-born Frank Meier, this classic, Prohibition-era tipple got its name from the phrase “bee’s knees,” which was popular slang at the time to describe something outstanding. Quite the fitting name if you ask me given that I love Gin and Gin is front and center in this drink! (And for the record, "the bee's knees" is also a phrase we still use here in the south.)

Made with only three ingredients, the Bee’s Knees is a lovely combination of sweetness and acidity, the honey syrup giving it a bit more richness than your traditional simple syrup (which some say was purposefully used to help mask the harsh flavor of the Bathtub Gin being used at the time!). Given that this is a super simple drink to make, it’s perfect for large groups or for parties. Or for any day of the year that that you need a touch of cheer!

You can use any kind of Gin in this, too! For a more juniper-forward drink, go with a classic London dry, and for a more honey and lemon-forward drink, go with one that’s more floral or citrusy. Today, I wanted something extra cheerful, so I used Empress 1908 to give it that glorious purple hue.

A bright pinkish-purple Gin cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass against a black background and garnished with a lemon twist

Bee's Knees

Empress Gin adds a touch of color and pizzazz to this classic Bee's Knees cocktail recipe.

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 oz Gin

¾ oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Honey Syrup

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Instructions:

FOR THE COCKTAIL:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

FOR THE HONEY SYRUP:

Add equal parts honey and water to a pot and heat until honey dissolves.

A bright pinkish-purple Gin cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass against a black background and garnished with a lemon twist

Bee's Knees

Empress Gin adds a touch of color and pizzazz to this classic Bee's Knees cocktail recipe.

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 oz Gin

¾ oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Honey Syrup

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Instructions:

FOR THE COCKTAIL:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

FOR THE HONEY SYRUP:

Add equal parts honey and water to a pot and heat until honey dissolves.

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May 14, 2022
Lisa
This is color is so beautiful! Love Empress Gin :)
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Allie
I love Empress Gin, too! It's both tasty and pretty, which is a perfect combination in my book! 😁
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