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Bee's Knees

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

The name of thus cocktail comes from prohibition-era slang meaning "the best". It was invented by Frank Meier, the first head bartender at the Ritz in Paris in 1921 when its Cafe Parisian opened its doors. It would later become popular during American prohibition. A gin-based cocktail, honey, and lemon were added to mask the odor and often-unpleasant taste of the bathtub gins being turned out at speakeasies.

Classic Recipe

  • Chilled martini/coupe glass

  • 1.5oz of gin

  • .5oz lemon juice

  • .5oz runny honey

  • Shake and strain

  • Garnish with a lemon twist


  1. Chill a martini or coupe glass with ice and water. Put to the side.

  2. Add all ingredients into a mixing tin and add ice.

  3. Shake all ingredients until the tin is chilled.

  4. Discard ice and water from martini/coupe glass.

  5. Strain all ingredients into your cocktail glass.

  6. Garnish with fresh or dehydrated fruit.

Stay hydrated. Drink responsibly.

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