The prompt this week for Ese’s Shoot and Quote is wings, but somehow I turned it into the bees knees, which luckily ties in with the letter K in the A-Z Challenge.

Alright, I started out with the word wings… bees have wings right? I just so happened to have recent shots of one gathering nectar from a calla lily in our yard. Perfect.

Then the phrase the bee’s knees kept repeating itself in my mind and so I googled it looking to find a quote. No specific quote, but I did find out where the term came from. Have you ever heard of it? Do you know what it means? I’ll let you know my findings at the end of the post. In my search, I did find a quote I really like.

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.

Mary Kay Ash



This quote reminds us to believe in ourselves.  We have our own special talents and abilities, whatever they may be, and when we nurture them and use them, we can fly. We are the bees knees.

Question:  The bee’s knees informally means the best, the most desirable. How did the saying originate?

Answer: It’s sometimes explained as being from an Italian-American way of saying business or that it’s properly Bs and Es, an abbreviation for be-alls and end-alls. Both are without doubt wrong. Bee’s knees is actually one of a set of nonsense catchphrases from 1920s America, the period of the flappers, speakeasies, feather boas and the Charleston.  cont… here

~World Wide Words

Now you know what the bees knees is, AND have a great quote to trot out at dinner tonight, AND a couple of shots of a bee gathering pollen. You can even see what’s called the pollen baskets (here) on that little guy’s hind legs, his very own bee’s knees. And as a special bonus to go with this amazing deal, I’ll throw in something else I found in my search for those knees… a cocktail courtesy of

 "Bee's Knees Cocktail" Bee's Knees Cocktail Photo Courtesy: © Hard Rock International
“Bee’s Knees Cocktail”
Photo Courtesy: © Hard Rock International

“The Bee’s Knees is a fun and very easy cocktail from the Prohibition era. Some stories claim that the drink was concocted because the honey masked the odor of the liquor. While that may be the case, I have to wonder if it really did the trick given some of the stories I’ve heard about the often pungent bathtub gins circulating during that time.

None the less, with today’s variety of gins the Bee’s Knees is a delightful cocktail that you can experiment with. A London dry gin will create a completely different profile than one of the new American-style gins, and whatever botanicals are more apparent in the gin you choose will be accented by the honey syrup and lemon.

The first recipe here is one of the classic variations and below that is a new rendition that shows off a new gin quite nicely.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce honey syrup (1 part honey to 1 part water)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.”


What a deal! 😉 As always I welcome your comments on this or any other part of my blog. I’m linking to Ese’s Shoot and Quote, with the word wings.


For Bees Knees




14 thoughts on “K: You are the Bees Knees”

  1. Great quote…so very true, the secret to everything, belief.
    Well I always thought it was Jonathan Swift that came up with Bees knees, so interesting, I love learning the origins of words and that looks a super cocktail! Cheers.
    Loving the A to Z Challenge Maggie@expatbrazil.

  2. I do best with tequila for some reason. Isn’t it funny how the body reacts to various substances? I bet it was great to be a bartender in school!

  3. also want to add that it was interesting to read about the bees knees drink – and the bathtub gin! I used to tend bar on and off during college (was such a blessing of a job – flexible – good money and kept me physically active, ya know) – anyhow, reading this reminded me of a few folks who used to drink dirty martinis – and I can picture pouring the olive juice “just so” for them – 🙂
    anyhow, not a big drinker – and my body never liked the “lighter” liquor (like vodka and gin) but for some reason whisky (i.e. V.O.) was a better match (if that makes sense)….
    but anything with honey sounds extra yummy! 🙂

  4. Hah what a simply amazing post. I knew what the saying meant but didn’t know origins nor that cocktail lol. What incredible pics you took too very clever. Meghan! Xx

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