Bee's Knees

Fords Gin

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Bee's Knees

Born of Prohibition, this simple enduring classic made use of easily available ingredients that may have been used to mask the poor quality “bathtub” gins of the time. Interestingly, during Prohibition the best-selling item in the Sears Catalog was Essence of Juniper, suggesting resourceful Americans were finding a way to get their gin fix even through the driest of times.

The Bee’s Knees recipe appeared in a 1934 edition of San Francisco bartender and author Bill Boothby’s cocktail compendium World Drinks and How to Mix Them.

Today it’s a simple, elegant gin libation and is one of the key cocktails that Fords Gin was styled around. The combination of jasmine and honey is as old as the hills and the jasmine flower botanicals used in Fords Gin ensure this cocktail sings.


2 oz Fords Gin

¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ oz Honey Syrup


Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

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