1920s: The Kill B at Khong River House in Miami Beach, FL
When the 18th Amendment was enacted in the 1920s, Prohibition overshadowed cocktail culture. Top-notch liquor was hard to come by, and inferior hooch often was combined with other ingredients. Enter The Bee’s Knees, a drink with lemon and honey – simple ingredients said to mask the flavor of bathtub gin. Miami’s Khong River House has one-upped this sip by springing for the good stuff and kicks it up a notch by swirling the cocktail with Beefeater Gin, lemon and white pepper-bird chili syrup. Now that’s a reason to celebrate.
1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8147