VOTE NOW FOR THE BEST OF ORLANDO® 2021!

Remix: The Bees’ Knees 

We remix the honey-tinged Prohibition-era classic by adding beer

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JESSICA BRYCE YOUNG
  • photo by Jessica Bryce Young

Last fall I was looking for a cocktail to Remix by adding beer, in honor of Oktoberfest. Then I read somewhere that I read that September is National Honey Month, and the penny dropped: Of course! The gin-and-honey-based Bee’s Knees – a Prohibition-era classic probably invented to mask the taste of bathtub gin – was the perfect candidate. “Beer knees it is!” I thought. (After I mixed the drink, I gave a cursory Google and found I wasn’t the first clever bear to come up with that name, though I didn’t run across any exactly like mine.)

I stuck closely to the original recipe, tinkering only with the proportions and, of course, adding a tasty amber Oktoberfest Märzen brew. I used an easily obtainable, not-too-dark Spaten, but should you want a lighter, brighter cocktail at any time of the year, try this Remix with a coriander-scented witbier like Hoegaarden or Wittekerke instead – it’s especially refreshing in the summer heat.

Despite the addition of beer, this is a refined concotion; get out your nicest stemmed coupe glass for serving.

CLASSIC

2 ounces gin

1 ounce honey syrup

1 ounce lemon juice

First, make the honey syrup: Whisk together equal parts of honey and warm water in a small saucepan, bring to a gentle boil, then let stand off heat until the mixture comes to room temperature. Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate.

Pour gin, honey syrup and lemon juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

REMIX

1 ounce gin, chilled

1 ounce honey syrup, chilled

1 ounce lemon juice, chilled

2.5 ounces cold Märzen beer or witbier

It’s important that all the ingredients are chilled, since this drink is neither shaken with nor served over ice. (While you’re at it, put the glass in the fridge too.) Combine the gin, honey syrup and lemon juice in a mixing glass and stir with a bar spoon. Pour in the beer, then transfer the mixture to a chilled stemmed glass. If you’re the sort for a fancy garnish, a sprig of lavender or a lemon-peel spiral wouldn’t be out of place.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More in Mixer

Latest in Mixer

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

May 12, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation