By Susan "Honey" Good
No doubt you've heard the saying, "the bee's knees." But do you know the story of its liquid namesake? Here's the scoop, dear readers.
During the prohibition “the bee's knees” was slang for “the best.” In fact, a 1922 newspaper article in The Spokesman-Review gives a nod to the rising popularity of the phrase "the bee's knees." The article is entitled, "Slang of Today Talk Tomorrow: ‘Bee’s Knees’ and ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ Already Giving Way to Latest ‘Flapperese.’” Thanks to the modern marvel that is Google you can view an actual copy of that article online here; discovered via Grammar Girl.
That’s why this vintage cocktail, which calls for a simply sublime mix of honey, gin and lemon, was coined "The Bee’s Knees."
Did you know that during the prohibition citrus and honey were used in mixed drinks to mask the smell and taste of bathtub gin? We really have come a long way, baby!
At any rate, this vintage cocktail is truly a delicious classic. Mix one up this weekend with my version of the PostProhibition.com recipe below:
The Bee's Knees Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz Gin of choice
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz home-made honey simple syrup
Add all ingredients to your shaker except for the garnish. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Tip: If entertaining guests, you can purchase honey stick stirrers as pictured above for a special touch. These are available on Etsy for less than $1 each. Get them here.