Bee’s Knees

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The Bees Knees classic cocktail with a lemon peel garnish. Served in a nick and nora glass

The Bee’s Knees is a classic prohibition-era cocktail that has to be one of my absolute favorites. It is a little sweet, a little sour, and has a great muted complexity for such a simple drink. The drink name comes from the popular old timey saying, “That’s the bee’s knees” meaning that is something great.

Bees Knees cocktail ingredients
Ginbery’s isn’t my favorite gin, but it is a good value and allows me to try new things.

The limited ingredients list for this cocktail are hopefully things most people have in their home bar. You just need 60 ml Gin, a lemon (25 ml juice, plus peel), and some honey to make this cocktail. Of course, we will be using the honey to make a quick honey syrup since raw honey doesn’t mix easily into cold drinks. This is much easier than making homemade Creme de Butterfly for my Butterfly Sour that’s for sure.

raw thick honey for the honey syrup
The honey is thick and organic, the jar in the back was store-bought which I will use to store the honey syrup.

I tend to buy “craft honey” which basically is just honey made on some persons property and sold to me on the street. As I live in Ukraine there are many people selling their home-grown produce on various walkways all over the city. This makes it very easy to find fresh, organic ingredients for my cooking and cocktail making. Of course, this type of honey is almost solid as you can see in the picture so it must be turned into a honey syrup for this drink.

Mix the honey with equal parts water (1:1 ratio) and stir it in until it is syrup consistency. If you want a stronger honey flavor you have do a 2:1 ratio and heat up the water a bit to help the honey dissolve. This is what I would do if I were making a large batch for many different drinks. This time however the one-to-one ratio worked just fine.

Bees Knees cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice cubes and give it good shake. Double strain into a chilled coupe or Nick and Nora glass and garnish with a lemon peel. Serve and enjoy!

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The Bee’s Knees

The Bee's Knees is a classic prohibition era cocktail that is both easy and delicious
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink


  • Cocktail shaker (optional)


  • 60 ml Gin London Dry
  • 25 ml Lemon Juice freshly squeezed
  • 25 ml Honey Syrup homemade
  • 1 slice Lemon Peel garnish


  • Make the honey syrup first. In a small dish combine two tbsp of honey with two tbsp of water and whisk together (can use a fork). Measure out 25 ml which will go into the drink.
  • In a shaker with ice add the gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup. Give everything a good shake and double strain into a coupe or Nick and Nora glass.


Chill the glasses in the freezer before serving the drink if possible
Keyword Bees Knees Cocktail, Classic Cocktails, Prohibition Cocktail, The Bee’s Knees

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  1. […] in Wanaka, New Zealand for the Bacardi Legacy competition. In my opinion it’s kind of a supped up Bee’s Knees, substituting white rum for the classic gin, and adding Fino Sherry. I personally find the drink […]

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