Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe (Will Give You a Buzz)

I'm sure even your grandpa wouldn't be able to tell you what the knee of a bee has to do with this cocktail. Still, here's our Bee's Knees Cocktail Recipe.

It’s “awesome,” it’s “lit,” it’s “the Bee’s Knees”! I’m sure even your grandpa wouldn’t be able to tell you what the knee of a bee has to do with something being great. Do bees even have knees? Anyway, I still find myself using the expression every now and then, albeit satirically but still.

The Bee’s Knees is a prohibition-era cocktail that smells lovely and tastes sweet. You’ll need your shaker, a jigger, a Hawthorne strainer, and a fine mesh strainer for this one so bust out the ole’ cocktail kit. So let’s get right into this Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe.

Some Things To Note

Honey is wonderful in drinks, but at full strength, it is difficult to use. A practical way of preparing honey for use in drinks is to turn it into a thinner syrup, similar to simple syrup. To do so, combine 1 part honey with 1 part warm water and stir until all the honey is dissolved. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks. We recommend this method when making this Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe.

The bees knees cocktail
The bees knees cocktail

When choosing which gin to use, we at Cocktail Hammer are particularly fond of using Plymouth Gin as the base spirit. Click here to get your Plymouth gin ASAP.

Need more help? Take a look at this post that shows you how to make your own honey simple syrup.

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How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail

The Bee’s Knees

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy ????


  • 2 ounces Gin

  • .75 ounce Lemon Juice

  • .75 ounce Honey Syrup

  • Lemon Twist (For Garnish)

  • 1 Egg white (optional)


  • Add the gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup into your shaker. (Optional: to get a foam top, add an egg white to your shaking tin. Do a dry shake for 20 sec. and the move on to step two).
  • Shake with ice for 10 seconds
  • Strain with Hawthorne Strainer and Fine Mesh strainer into a coupe glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

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  • Honey has a strong presence in drinks when used as a sweetener, so it’s a good idea to choose mild honey, like clover blossom, over a strong flavor like buckwheat. I always look for a local producer; it helps with my wife’s allergies.” -Dale Degroff.
Preparing bee's knees honey cocktail recipe using home made honey
Preparing bee’s knees honey cocktail recipe using real honey.

Conclusion: Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe

So now that you’ve tried it, what did you think? Let us know in the comments. We would love to hear it. If you liked this post, click here to check out our blog where you will find tons of recipes just like this one. Thanks for reading, and as always, stay safe, stay home, get hammered (or in this case, get buzzed).

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