Wausau Pilot & Review

Spirits 101 is a weekly feature from Wausau Pilot & Review and Timekeeper Distillery. Each Friday afternoon, Dan Weber joins us for a journey through spirits and cocktails, and a deeper dive into the craft industry as a whole. If you have questions or ideas for future topics, be sure to leave them in the comments below the YouTube video. Watch the video and read Dan’s explanation for a better understanding of the craft spirits you enjoy. Cheers!

This week in Spirits 101, we are building a proper traditional cocktail.

Our featured cocktail is going to be a prohibition classic – the Bee’s Knees! Cocktail recipes during prohibition were usually heavy handed with the citrus and syrups to cover up the less-than-ideal alcohol being made illegally in basements. Once prohibition was lifted and people could start crafting high quality spirits, the boom of the craft cocktail began!

A typical prohibition cocktail build would include the spirit, citrus juice, syrup, and bitters.

Here we are featuring the Classic Bee’s Knees and that build goes as follows:

  • 2 oz. Timekeeper Gin
  • 1 oz. Lemon 
  • 3/4 oz. Honey syrup 
  • Heavy hand of lavender bitters

Thanks for joining us on spirits 101. Cheers!