Gin, citrus, and honey. What could go wrong?

Gin, citrus, and honey. What could go wrong?

Gin, citrus, and honey. What could go wrong?

Really? What could go wrong?

We’ve been thinking about it for some time now and the verdict seems to be… nothing. When it comes to summertime sippin’, it doesn’t get much better – or simpler – than this. Like many classic cocktails, the history of the Bee’s Knees is a little vague. No one’s exactly sure where this drink originated. But, this is what we do know:

Tangerine Syrup

If you can make a gin and tonic, you can make the Amoretti Tangerine Gin & Tonic!

  • The Bee’s Knees is a Prohibition Era cocktail. It is believed that the honey syrup was supposed to mask the taste of the gin in the event of the raid. (We’re going to go ahead and guess that the police would have figured it out anyways.) Some versions of this cocktail recipe call for a 2:1, gin:honey syrup ratio.
  • The phrase the “Bee’s Knees” was slang for “best” during the Prohibition Era. It’s not much of a stretch to see how the name was applied to this cocktail.
  • Originally, the Bee’s Knees called for lemon. We’ve chosen to add our own touch to this drink recipe by using one of our unique citrus syrups – Amoretti Premium Tangerine Syrup – instead.
  • This drink can change dramatically depending on the type of gin used. We recommend making one with a London dry gin and then another with an American-style gin to see the distinct difference. The honey and tangerine syrup will compliment the different botanicals found in each type of gin used.

Amoretti Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe



Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 7-10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge (optional).

Other Unique Citrus Syrup Drink Recipes

Like this recipe? Check out some other drink recipes that use Amoretti Premium Tangerine Syrup:

  • Amoretti Tangerine Gin & Tonic. There’s just something about gin and tangerine. This modern spin on the classic is perfected with the addition of a lime wedge. Try it for yourself!
  • Pomegranate Tangerine Martini. Who says a martini has to be potent? This light-on-the-liquor gin martini is perfect for a light summer afternoon cocktail.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy gin and tangerine? Tell us on Twitter! Have questions about our tangerine syrup or any other Amoretti products? We’re all ears. Give us a call or send us an email and we’ll answer your questions.

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