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Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Staff Writer
Courtesy of Canard

The Bees Knees cocktail.

With limited liquor courtesy of Prohibition, bartenders were forced to not only make alcohol taste good enough to drink, but they had to somehow mask the spirits they were using to avoid getting arrested. Fortunately, there’s one cocktail that’s just so sinfully sweet that it can easily make anyone get up and do the Charleston. The Bee’s Knees, named after a popular flapper phrase, is like indulging in golden honey, except it happens to be spiked with good ol’ gin. Be the cat’s pajamas at any bash with one of the coolest cocktails around, courtesy of mixologist Ryan Maerz from New York City-based event planning company Canard.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 Ounces gin
  • 3/4 Ounces honey syrup (1 part honey to 1 part warm water, stirred until honey is dissolved)
  • 1/2 Ounce lemon juice
  • Honeycomb


Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve straight up. Garnish with a very small triangle of honeycomb.

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.