The Bee’s Knees is a Prohibition-era cocktail that was invented by Austrian-born Frank Meier. He was the first head bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1921, when Cafe Parisian opened its doors. The name comes from the Prohibition-era slang term meaning “the best.”
The original Bee’s Knees recipe calls for gin, lemon juice, and honey, however, modern recipes include .75 ounces of orange juice. Swap out the lemon juice in the original recipe for lime juice and you essentially have a Gimlet.
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