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.

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