Minette's Musings

Bienvenue and welcome!

This is where you will find me waxing lyrical about all things vintage, upcycled, repurposed and reloved.  

Wonderful stories about the history of some of the treasures I find, the personalities I meet in my travels and what makes them tick and just generally living a vintage-loving life.

Amy Minette


(image by The Shot Enterprises)

Bees Knees

For our first recipe, let’s start with a cocktail that dates back to Prohibition.

'bees knees' was slang for 'the best' back then, and after a taste I think you will agree.

The story goes that these flavours were added to help mask the less than desireable perfume of bath tub-brewed gin, but it’s such a beautiful pairing of flavours that it springs to mind on Summery afternoons when the air is heavy with the scent of blossom and the hum of backyard bees.


Bees Knees

Vintage cocktail - Bee's Knees

Photo and recipe adapted from: Post Prohibition


2 oz your favourite Gin (bathtub brewed or otherwise)

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz honey simple syrup*

Garnish with a lemon twist


Add all ingredients to your shaker except for the garnish. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a lemon twist.


*For cocktail neophytes simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water simmered until dissolved and cooled before using. This is simply a honey version




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