Industry Consultant Russ Otterwell begins a regular Food and Drink Blog featuring recipes from cocktails to desserts

Bees?s Knees

The perfect place to start this blog, the classic Bee?s Knees cocktail. Named after slang for ?the best? it was created during the Prohibition era when honey was added to illegally produced spirits as a flavourful sweetener. During Prohibition honey sugar syrup was sometimes incorporated with citrus juices to mask the inconsistency of the spirit! My version uses lemon and lime juice to give that extra touch of tanginess. Larger jars of Bee Approved make a valuable addition to the kitchen cupboard, are excellent gifts and have a multitude of uses as illustrated in this series.


  • 2 measures Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 1 measure Bee Approved Vegan alternative to honey
  • ? measure fresh lime juice
  • ? measure fresh lemon juice
  • Double twist garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a classic Martini glass. Garnish with twists of lemon and lime. Use good quality ice as the intention is to chill and not dilute the drink.

If you?re looking for an original gift for a budding bar-tender The Bee Approved range has a selection of different sizes available.?They make great gifts for experimenters and simple cocktail recipes lend themselves to this as they can easily be adapted to individual tastes. For example, for those who like all things spicy should check this out!


  1. Muddle 2 Jalapenos in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the ingredients as used in the Bee?s Knees recipe above, this time leaving out the lime juice
  3. Shake over ice.
  4. Strain and garnish with slices of red jalapeno pepper.