The Bee's Knees

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The citrus and honey aromas of this charmingly-named Prohibition cocktail were probably intended to mask the harshness of bathtub gin. The honey provides warm, floral undertones that aren’t present in sugar and which create a complex maze of flavours when placed into such a simple drink. You can try different honeys in this cocktail, as they will sway the drink’s profile. "The bee's knees" was, as it is today, slang for something superlative.

INGREDIENTS:

60ml Deco No.22 Gin
15ml of lemon juice
A teaspoon of honey
A splash of room temperature water
Lemon peel
Ice

METHOD:

This cocktail is a super-simple to make. Stir a generous teaspoon of honey in a splash of room temperature water in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until it is almost dissolved. Add 60ml gin, 15ml fresh lemon juice and ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. (Just make sure the Honey is stirred in properly, or you'll end up with clumps of honey on the side of your shaker!)