Bee’s Knees with Rum

As we know the Bee’s Knees Cocktail is wonderful drink. Then I explore the Bee’s Knees cocktail I found the Jeffry Morgentaller opinion that rum is good substitute of gin in this cocktail. It seems fantastic :) Of course I try it!

First I tasted the Bee’s Knees Cocktail with white rum. I use same proportions as original version.

The Bee's Knees Cocktail garnished with lemon wedge (Коктейль Высший Сорт украшенный долькой лимона)

Bee’s Knees (Rum ver.)

50 ml white rum
20 ml honey syrup
15 ml fresh lemon juice
Shake. Tumbler with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

I serve the Bee’s Knees Cocktail with rum on the rocks. The Bee’s Knees Cocktail need good and powerful rum as Havana Club Anejo Blanco for best results. The Rum version of Bee’s Knees Cocktail has excelent and good balanced a little sweet refreshing taste with great rum palate.

And I try the Bee’s Knees Cocktail with aged rum. I use Jeffry’s proportions and garnish for this cocktail.

The Bee's Knees Cocktail garnished with orange piece (Коктейль Высший Сорт украшенный долькой апельсина)

Bee’s Knees (El Vaquero ver.)

50 ml aged rum
25 ml honey syrup
25 ml fresh lemon juice
Shake. Tumbler with ice. Garnish with quartered orange with clove.

The Bee’s Knees Cocktail with El Dorado 12 y.o. is great drink. It has very rich palate with aroma of rum, honey and citrus. But with Bacardi 8 I obtain very mediocre results. Anyway, the Bee’s Knees Cocktail with aged rums is great drinks.

Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees Cocktail is real Prohibition cocktail. The honey was great choice for masking awful smell and taste of bathtub gin. But in other side honey is very interesting natural ingredient with a lot of worth.

The Bee's Knees Cocktail (Коктейль Высший Сорт)

Bee’s Knees

50 ml gin
20 ml honey syrup
15 ml fresh lemon juice
Shake. Cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

I use honey syrup (1:1) instead of pure honey for ease.

Well. Actually the Bee’s Knees Cocktail is a wonderfull drink. It has so sweet and aromatic taste with pleasnt palate of gin and honey. Admirable!

Knickerbocker Special

As you know, I was realy inspired by March MxMo theme – punch. And I realy inspired by old mixed drink – pure classic like Gin Punch. Now I exploring another old and classic cocktail – The Knickerbocker Special. This cocktail has very interesting composition – rum and raspberry syrup. The classic version of this cocktail specifies five main ingredients – raspberry surup (Hogg and Jackson, but CocktailDB specified grenadine), lime or lemon juice, orange juice, curacao liqueur and rum. Thereat CocktailDB and Jackson prescribed light rum, but Hogg and DeGroff – dark. I use one of my gold (actually aged) rum – Bacardi Reserva.

The Knickerbocker Special Cocktail (Коктейль Никербокер Особый)

Knickerbocker Special

60 ml gold rum
8 ml raspberry syrup (berry grenadine)
8 ml fresh lemon juice
8 ml orange juice
8 ml orange curacao
some peneapple chunks
Muddle the pineapple spear with juices. Add the rest of ingredients and shake. Serve in a cocktail glass.

The Knickerbocker Special Cocktail has very interesting taste. It has rich berry-fruit sweet-and-sour taste with bright rum palate. The Bacardi Reserva Rum work extremely well in this cocktail. It is amazing cocktail.

I explore one of the oldest version of Knickerbocker, which I found in Imbibe! by D. Wondrich (one of my favorite cocktail book in present time). The original recipe is:

The Knickerbocker Punch in beauty glass (Пунш Никербокер в интересном бокале)


Use small bar-glass.
Cool with shaved ice; shake up well and ornament with berries in season. If this is not sweet enough, put in a little more raspberry syrup.

I adopt Wondrich`s recipe to:

The Knickerbocker Punch with beauty fruit and berry garnish (Пунш Никербокер украшенный фруктами и ягодами)

Knickerbocker Punch

60 ml gold rum
15 ml raspberry syrup
15 ml orange curacao
15 ml fresh lime juice
Shake. Serve in a tumbler with crushed ice. Garnish with berries, pinneaple spear and lime shell.

The Knickerbocker Punch is a magnificient drink. I was fascinated by its rich and smooth palate with a first sip. Actually it is real “mai tai!”, awesome cocktail. One of the best cocktail that I ever drink.