October 17, 2014

the bee's knees

I'm a twenties girl. The dresses, the language, the parties. I imagine it all in that romantic way that I assume most people do. Paris, dark and beautiful, all lit up, filled with all the best writers and they're all having the best time. We've seen it over and over again in clean black font and on every kind of screen. Think Gatsby, Midnight in Paris, A Moveable Feast. It's my golden era. So it's hardly a surprise I'd be game to try every 1920's cocktail I can find. 
I've had variations of the Bee's Knees before throughout the course of my never-ending speakeasy search. Spruced up, made more modern, and often overpriced. You take a sip in a dark room, a basement down an alley somewhere in the East Village and you think "that's New York".  But you can't beat classics, I'm a firm believer that they're called that for a reason. And so yesterday as the rain came down in sheets, big dewy drops smashing against the window, I decided I was in the mood for something warm and comforting. What is more warm and comforting on a rainy day than lemon and honey? Minus the tea. Plus gin. The Bee's Knees it was. Done.
The Bee's Knees
2 oz gin
3/4 oz honey simple syrup
3/4 oz lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into a glass. 

To make honey simple syrup combine equal parts honey and water.
It's a simple drink, but it has a bite to it and I like that. 

Happy Friday!


  1. sounds delicious, I'll have to try it!

  2. Oh girl. I am OBSESSED with 20s culture. That looks so yummy!

  3. love love 20s fashion, music and decadent drinking culture! and love the 'bee's knee' (sometime i use honey instead syrup)!

    a possible fantasy
    if you follow me via bloglovin', please let me know so i can follow back. thank you ♥

  4. This sounds so simple and good! And you always have the prettiest glasses!!

    <3, Pamela

  5. The 20s is one of my favorite eras- the fashion & writing were incredible. I'll definitely try this drink!

  6. Oh hello there perfect drink. The honey makes it really good for fall here - a sort of a winter equivalent of the summery GT :)

  7. Nothing better than lemon and honey together! This sounds delicious and so simple :)

    Simplicity Relished

  8. Definitely trying this one!

    Heidi D.

  9. I just love the name of this drink!!! So simple with only 3 ingredients - what's not to love!! Cheers to the weekend doll! xo

  10. Never heard of this drink before, but I just love the name! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Looks amazing, may have to try it this weekend

    XO Chelsea

  12. ohhhh I feel like I'm in the 20s now! :) This drink sounds delish and now I just need to try it so I feel like I'm in a speakeasy!


  13. I'm such a 20's girl too, there's something just so magical about it. I seriously LOVE the glass you have this cocktail in.

  14. I don't even like gin, but that drink looks amazing!

    xo Natasja

  15. I am going to have to make some honey simple syrup not! What a great idea. We had gin bucks on Friday night in copper mugs (sort of a gin version of the Moscow Mule). It's definitely cocktail season :)

  16. OH MY WORD YES! My favorite drink, a French 75, is essentially this plus champagne. All about this. And you stemware is to-die-for.

    xx Katie
    lovely letters


Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. I love hearing from you!