My friends over at Caledonia Spirits and Liquor.com are pairing up this week for Bee's Knees Week to raise money to save the bees and simultaneously bring awareness to the Bee's Knees cocktail. I remember my first Bee's Knees — at the East Village bar Niagara back in maybe 2001. They had no honey, and we had to run to the bodega to fetch some for them (OMG were we those customers!?).
I love this cocktail for its simplicity. I always have the ingredients in the house, and I love gin. Make one for yourself...
2 oz gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz honey syrup (1 part honey to 1 part hot water. Cool and use.)
long lemon twist
Shake ingredients with ice, strain, and serve up in a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.