1 1⁄2 oz Gin
1⁄2 oz Sweet vermouth
1⁄2 oz Honey syrup (1:1)
1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
1⁄4 oz Fernet Branca

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.


After getting home late from one of my bar shifts at Drink, I wondered what two gin classics would be mashed up -- the Hanky Panky and the Bee's Knees. Both recipes are often traced back to the 1920s, although the first publication of the Bee's Knees was in 1948 via David Embury. For a name, I originally was going to call this None of Your Business as a nod to Sasha Petraske's The Business (a Bee's Knees with lime instead of lemon juice), but Birds & Bees won out given the connotations of Hanky Panky.

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Picture of Birds & Bees
FRY 2022
Posted by yarm on 5/09/2022
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Somerville, MA
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