I know, I know… so the critics aren’t loving it. But I went ahead and bought my pair of tickets for The Great Gatsby this weekend anyway! Much like Gatsby himself, when Baz Luhrmann invites you to a party, you show up. We may not know exactly what we’re getting ourselves into, but we can pretty much count on stunning costumes, amazing visuals and a killer soundtrack to boot. Hit or flop, we’re celebrating this afternoon with a classic prohibition-era cocktail, the Bee’s Knees. A gin-based drink with hints of honey and lemon, this little speakeasy specialty is light and easy. We served them up in a few art-deco inspired glasses and garnished each with a single orange wedge. Now, if only we could plan an entire party around this theme…
*inspiration for this recipe taken from Jeffrey Morgenthaler.com
The Bee’s Knees
- three lemons
- one ounce local honey
- two ounces Hendrick’s gin
- one cup ice
- one orange
First, you’ll create a simple syrup with the honey. Combine equal parts honey and boiling water. Stir well. Jar and refrigerate the syrup. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine one ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, one ounce of your honey simple syrup, and two ounces of gin. Shake well and strain into a glass of fresh ice. Garnish with one orange wedge.
*photos by Jennifer Rose Smith for Camille Styles
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This cocktail looks amazing!
I too want to see The Great Gatsby, even if everyone says it’s bad.
Like you I want to get swooped up by the visuals and the music.
I mean who doesn’t love the 20s.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Quinn Cooper Style
Thanks, Quinn! I thought I “didn’t like gin” until I tried this drink. The honey is a nice offset to the gin flavor. Going to see the movie tomorrow night. Remaining “cautiously optimistic.”
What a fun name for a beverage…”THE BEE’S KNEES”…love it! If that does not get you in
the mood to see The Great Gatsby, I do not know what would. The perfect drink for a 20’s
theme party. I might even have to dust off my old flapper costume! Wonderful ideas. Thanks!
Thanks, D! Wouldn’t it be fun to host a Gatsby-themed party? Any excuse to wear the flapper costume, right? 🙂
gorgeous! that looks delicious
kw Ladies in Navy
I’m so glad everyone is into Bee’s Knees now. I remember looking few years ago, and I was hard-pressed to find a good recipe on the internet! Nice touch with the local honey too – given that it’s allergy season and local honey is supposed to help.
My version uses a honey simple syrup along with lavender and rosemary
Can’t wait to see Gatsby tomorrow too. I’m sure the critics are wrong and it will be stunning.
Thanks for sharing your version with us! I think that could be a great addition to this drink recipe. Looks pretty, too!
You had me at lemon – I can’t wait to try this drink! And I can’t wait to see Gatsby – critics be damned.
Gatsby-fever has not reached Edinburgh, so I am happy to live vicariously through U.S. blogs as I wait for it to catch on here… fingers crossed. Cheers and have a fabulous weekend.
We love connecting with our readers from other countries. I’ve always wanted to visit Edinburgh. Someday! I hope the movie comes to Scotland soon. Cheers!
Your photos are so beautiful! The Bee’s Knees is my current summer favorite. I shared my take on the drink a few weeks ago and have been dreaming about it since. I’ve included the link below if you’re interested.
Also, I too am over the moon excited to see The Great Gatsby this weekend!
Thanks, Ashley! Your version looks terrific. And I love the glasses you used — almost honeycomb-like. So cute!
This has my name written ALL over it. I’m not much for replicating complicated cocktails at home… so this one perfectly suits my preferences! Can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂
Yes, I’m not for complicated drinks, either. This one is really easy and fun!
Uau this is amazing:) I love it!