Cocktail Corner: The Bee Sting

The Roaring Twenties were a golden age for American cocktails, and The Bee’s Knees—a combination of gin, honey, and lemon juice—was a flapper favorite.

Bouchard’s Bee Sting cocktail. (Photo by Libby Vision.)

“I love the simplicity of the classic cocktails,” says David Bouchard, beverage director for Nitrogen Bar, Grill, and Sushi in Jupiter. “Gin is a beautiful spirit to mix because it’s so versatile. And since many people seem to have an adverse opinion of gin, it’s fun to open their eyes.”

Bouchard’s riff on The Bee’s Knees is called The Bee Sting, and he breaks with tradition by adding sparkling yuzu sake, which complements Nitrogen’s emphasis on nigiri sushi and sashimi. “The drink is lighthearted and refreshing, and the addition of sake makes it a great match with our menu,” he says.

The Bee Sting

  • 1 1/2 oz. Citadelle Gin
  • 3/4 oz. honey syrup, equal parts honey and water
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Banzai Bunny Yuzu Sparkling Sake
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Mix gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Add sparkling sake. Strain into a highball glass with ice. Rub rim of glass with a lemon peel and squeeze remainder of juice into drink; use for garnish.

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