Bee’s Knees

Printemps 2016
food and drink

BY: Eric Vellend

During the 1920s, a fecund decade for slang, the term “bee’s knees” meant “outstanding.” After one sip of this cocktail, you will certainly agree. While the floral Dillon’s 22 shines bright in this libation, just about any gin will produce a drink worthy of its name.

2 oz Dillon’s Unfiltered 22 Gin
¾ oz strained fresh lemon juice
¾ oz Honey Syrup (recipe follows)
Edible flower to garnish (optional)


1 Place gin, lemon juice and Honey Syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker three-quarters full with ice. Shake until ice cold, about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with flower, if using.

Makes 1 drink

Once you’ve made a batch of this fragrant syrup, explore other honey-sweetened cocktails like the sparkling, rum-spiked Airmail or the Gold Rush, a revelatory spin on a Whisky Sour.

½ cup (125 mL) honey, preferably wildflower
¼ cup (60 mL) warm water


Makes ¾ cup (175 mL)