Bees Knees co*cktail Recipe (2024)

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Gin, lemon juice, orange juice & honey simple syrup combine in this delicious Bees Knees co*cktail. Served straight up in a martini glass.

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Bee’s Knees co*cktail history

What is in a Bees Knees drink?

How to make a Bees Knees co*cktail

Bee’s Knees co*cktail variations

More co*cktail recipes

Easy Bees Knees co*cktail Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

Lately, I have been noticing lots of co*cktails featuring honey popping up on bar menus around town. Most feature some type of citrus along with the honey and are served straight up. Perhaps bartenders are taking a cue from the Hot Toddy – A classic wintertime drink consisting of whiskey, hot water, honey and lemon and believed to cure colds.

It does make sense though. Honey is a sweetener and can function in any co*cktail much like a simple syrup would. As the base for this Bees Knees Drink, I’m making a honey simple syrup.

The reason we’re turning the honey into a syrup is so that it won’t clump up when you add it to your co*cktail. Instead, it will incorporate nicely and lightly sweeten your drink.

Bee’s Knees co*cktail history

According to Gin Foundry:

TheBee’s Kneesis thought to have emerged during Prohibition era America, when bathtub gin was all the rage. Adding spoonfuls of honey to such bitter alcohol certainly would have helped to mask the harshness, and when mixed with the lemon would create a more appetizing and sweet concoction.

– The Gin Foundry

What is in a Bees Knees drink?

  • Honey Simple Syrup – See info on how to make it below.
  • Gin – Not a gin fan? You can also make this co*cktail with vodka. Learn all about the differences between gin vs. vodka here.
  • Orange Juice & Lemon Juice – Fresh squeezed is best here!

How To make honey simple syrup

  • Simply combine equal parts honey and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium until well blended. Here’s a full post on how to make simple syrup on the stove or in the microwave.

How long does honey simple syrup last?

  • This honey syrup will last, stored in the refrigerator, for up to one month.

What gin is best for a bees knees?

Use your favorite dry gin in this recipe. Some great options are Beefeater, Hendricks, Tanqueray and Aviation.

How to make a Bees Knees co*cktail

  • Combine honey simple syrup, gin, lemon juice and orange juice in a co*cktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into a co*cktail glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel.
  • Enjoy!

Bee’s Knees co*cktail variations

  • If you’re not a fan of gin, you could also use vodka or bourbon in this co*cktail. Learn all about the differences between gin vs. vodka here.
  • Want a sweeter co*cktail? Simply add more honey simple syrup.
  • Add a hint of floral by adding a splash of St. Germain.
  • Make a lavender bees knees by infusing your simple syrup with lavender.
  • If you divide your co*cktail between two champagne flutes and top it with sparkling wine, you’ve essentially got a French 75 co*cktail.
  • For a drink that’s not as strong, simply add a splash of soda or tonic water and serve it over ice.

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Easy Bees Knees co*cktail Recipe

Gin, lemon juice and honey combine in this delicious Bee’s Knees co*cktail. Served straight up in a martini glass.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 co*cktail

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Ingredients

Honey Simple Syrup

Bees Knees co*cktail

Instructions

Honey Simple Syrup

  • Combine water and honey in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring often, until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

co*cktail

  • Combine 2 ounces of the honey simple syrup, gin, lemon juice and orange juice in a co*cktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

  • Strain into a small chilled co*cktail glass and serve.

  • Reserve remaining honey simple syrup for more co*cktails.

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Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 103mg | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 28.6mg | Iron: 2mg

This recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2019 to add new photographs and update the content. The original lemon honey co*cktail recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

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