Word origins and cocktail histories can be thorny bunches to pin down; in this case, they’re intertwined. It was the Roaring 20s and people were dancing the jitterbug, hooch drinking and flapper girls were pegging something as top-notch with phrases like “the cat’s pajamas” or the “bee’s knees.” This refreshing gin drink was created during this freewheeling era. Since it uses honey, that most delicious nectar of summer, it was not a far stretch to attach the parlance of the time. Back then, the honey and citrus were used to mask bathtub booze, but the flavor combos are still aces when using top-shelf gin and locally sourced honey.
3 /4 oz fresh lemon juice
3 /4 oz honey simple syrup*
Add all ingredients to a shaker (except garnish). Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
*Honey Simple Syrup
In a one-to-one ratio (depending on how much syrup is desired), put honey and water in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until honey is dissolved. Let cool at room temp before using.