The Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail


The Bee's Knees was a Prohibition Era Cocktail made with gin, fresh lemon juice, and honey - shaken and chilled.

The term "bee's knees" followed a Depression-era fad of popularizing animal-related nonsense phrases such as "cat's pajamas" and "cat's meow". There was actually a "Flapper" dictionary full of nonsense phrases popular at the time. The current guess is that the cocktail was created to mask the harsh taste of bathtub gin. For the Catch a Buzz we have added basil and an egg white to the original cocktail. Basil for the wonderful flavor and powerful antioxidants and the egg white to make it deliciously foamy. While I am not going to sell this as a healthy breakfast drink - there is gin in there after all - the lemon juice and McEvoy Ranch Wildflower Honey are good for you too! The McEvoy Ranch Lemon Olive Oil takes it over the top with flavor. Kelly Looney of Sonoma Distilling Company, mixologist extraordinaire, created this delightful summer cocktail for us. Enjoy!

Catch a Buzz Cocktail

1-1/2 oz. Gin 1 oz. fresh lemon juice 1 oz. honey syrup (recipe below) 4 basil leaves 1 egg white 5 drops McEvoy Ranch Lemon Olive Oil Honey Syrup 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup McEvoy Ranch Wildflower Honey Bring water to a boil and add honey. Reduce heat and simmer until honey dissolves. Cool before using. Directions
  • Combine gin, lemon juice, honey syrup, and 3 basil leaves in a mixing vessel. Muddle gently.
  • Pour into a cocktail shaker, add egg white and lemon oil and shake
  • Add ice and shake again.
  • Strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a basil leaf and a lemon slice.