So you know that cocktails that date back to the Prohibition era are all the rage right now, right? If it was served at a speakeasy, you'll probably find it on the cocktail menu of the swankiest bars until the next big thing comes along.


I'm a gin girl, so I'm actually quite fond of a lot of the cocktails I've discovered since the Prohibition-era cocktail craze has emerged. Many of them originally called for bathtub gin. I don't make my own gin in the bathtub; my gin of choice is Bluecoat American Dry Gin.


One ingredient you'll find in many of these cocktails from the 1920s and '30s: honey syrup. Honey syrup is very simple to make (much like simple syrup), and it will keep in your refrigerator for a very long time once it is made. If you're hosting a holiday party this season, and you want a well-stocked bar, boil up a batch of honey syrup the day before.




  • One part honey (use a flavorful, local honey — not the bland stuff in the bear bottle from the grocery store)
  • One part water



  1. Put equal parts of honey and water in a small saucepan. Boil, then turn down to a simmer and stir until the honey is completely dissolved.
  2. Cool.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Cocktails made with honey syrup


I used the honey syrup I made for a Bee's Knees cocktail — 2 ounces of gin, ¾ ounce of honey syrup and ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice. Shake in a cocktail shaker full of ice and pour into a martini glass.


Recipes for other cocktails that use honey syrup:


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