4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Nolen's Bee's Knees

Barman Robert Yumul makes a clean-drinking cocktail with honey and lemon

Place

Nolen

453 Sixth Avenue, San Diego

If you intend to go to the Nolen Rooftop, you’ll figure out pretty quickly that the only way is up — and Nolen’s lead barman Robert Yumul is leading the way by upping the ante in spirit-based beverages.

For example, as a classic reimagined — but not by much — the Bee’s Knees is Yumul’s idea of a cocktail with the perfect sting.

“It’s a classic Prohibition cocktail and our recipe is slightly different from the original,” Yumul says. “The original was designed, like a lot of cocktails at the time, to eliminate the bad taste of badly made gin. The original cocktail had more honey and citrus to it.”

The Bee’s Knees is also the West Coast’s contribution to a master cocktail menu that usually includes mostly East Coast offerings.

“It’s really just speculation,” Yumul says. “No one can particularly say who made the drink first, but I’ve done a lot of research, and nine out of ten people say it came out of San Francisco.”

A romantic fool for the days of passwords, false walls, and fly-by-night gin joints, Yumul sees the Bee’s Knees as the perfect drink for the Nolen’s “reverse speakeasy” feel.

“You get into that elevator that takes you up here and you can almost pretend you are in Prohibition,” he says. “You’re drinking hooch in a place you’re not necessarily supposed to be. That’s what I love about it and what I love about that cocktail.”

By juicing up the hooch in the Bee’s Knees, Yumul says, he’s not trying to burn taste buds — but calibrate them to the floating motes of nostalgia that infuse the Nolen, heart, soul, bottle, and glass.

“The drink has a slightly sweet flavor,” he says. “You can taste the honey and you can taste the lemon, and they play well with the botanicals of the gin, so you’ll also taste the juniper. It’s still tart, but not overly so. It’s just clean drinking — a really great cocktail.”

Robert Yumul

The Bee's Knees

  • 2 oz. Beefeater Gin
  • ½ oz. honey simple syrup*
  • 3 oz. fresh lemon juice

Fill cocktail tin with ice, pour ingredients, shake “longer than you would for any other cocktail,” pour into coupe and garnish with lemon wheel or peel.

*Honey Simple Syrup

  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water

Boil water, add honey, stir and let sit until mixture reaches room temperature.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

The USS Midway’s stalwarts

It’s impossible not to think of Tom Brokaw’s phrase “Greatest generation” when you listen to the man talk.
Next Article

Thrown-away fruit washes up in Imperial Beach

Visitors to Mexico, deep-sea fishermen, cruise ships?
Place

Nolen

453 Sixth Avenue, San Diego

If you intend to go to the Nolen Rooftop, you’ll figure out pretty quickly that the only way is up — and Nolen’s lead barman Robert Yumul is leading the way by upping the ante in spirit-based beverages.

For example, as a classic reimagined — but not by much — the Bee’s Knees is Yumul’s idea of a cocktail with the perfect sting.

“It’s a classic Prohibition cocktail and our recipe is slightly different from the original,” Yumul says. “The original was designed, like a lot of cocktails at the time, to eliminate the bad taste of badly made gin. The original cocktail had more honey and citrus to it.”

The Bee’s Knees is also the West Coast’s contribution to a master cocktail menu that usually includes mostly East Coast offerings.

“It’s really just speculation,” Yumul says. “No one can particularly say who made the drink first, but I’ve done a lot of research, and nine out of ten people say it came out of San Francisco.”

A romantic fool for the days of passwords, false walls, and fly-by-night gin joints, Yumul sees the Bee’s Knees as the perfect drink for the Nolen’s “reverse speakeasy” feel.

“You get into that elevator that takes you up here and you can almost pretend you are in Prohibition,” he says. “You’re drinking hooch in a place you’re not necessarily supposed to be. That’s what I love about it and what I love about that cocktail.”

By juicing up the hooch in the Bee’s Knees, Yumul says, he’s not trying to burn taste buds — but calibrate them to the floating motes of nostalgia that infuse the Nolen, heart, soul, bottle, and glass.

“The drink has a slightly sweet flavor,” he says. “You can taste the honey and you can taste the lemon, and they play well with the botanicals of the gin, so you’ll also taste the juniper. It’s still tart, but not overly so. It’s just clean drinking — a really great cocktail.”

Robert Yumul

The Bee's Knees

  • 2 oz. Beefeater Gin
  • ½ oz. honey simple syrup*
  • 3 oz. fresh lemon juice

Fill cocktail tin with ice, pour ingredients, shake “longer than you would for any other cocktail,” pour into coupe and garnish with lemon wheel or peel.

*Honey Simple Syrup

  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water

Boil water, add honey, stir and let sit until mixture reaches room temperature.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Can Mitsubishi get enough electric trucks for cement warehouse?

Environmental Health Coalition speaks out for Barrio Logan
Next Article

How Nature Lovers Survive Covid on Mt. Whoville, Evanescence Live from Rock Falcon Studio, Holiday Music, Crafts, Food and Photos

Events December 3-December 5, 2020
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close