The Bee’s Knees

Flapper with garter flask ~ 1926. Library of Congress.

Flapper with garter flask ~ 1926. Library of Congress.

A simmering underground of bootleggers and rum-runners fueled speakeasies and nightclubs that pulsed with the sounds of big band and jazz as prohibition was enforced throughout the 1920s.

People found creative ways to circumvent the law, by hiding their liquor in hip flasks and concealing it inside false books. Cocktails were mixed to mask the smell of bathtub hooch and better go undetected.

One popular drink of the era was known as the Bee’s Knees, named after a flapper slang expression meaning the cat’s pajamas or anything that’s good.

This is a beverage best enjoyed while tuned in to the 1920s on Decadio, where you’ll hear early recording artists such as Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Mississippi John Hurt, and Gene Austin.

Bee’s Knees Recipe

2 oz gin

1 oz honey syrup
1 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake ingredients with ice. Pour over fresh ice and garnish with a twist of lemon.

* combine equal parts honey and hot water for syrup