The Bees Knees Cocktail
The Bees Knees Cocktail

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

Itโ€™s โ€œawesome,โ€ itโ€™s โ€œlit,โ€ itโ€™s โ€œthe Beeโ€™s Kneesโ€! Iโ€™m sure even your grandpa wouldnโ€™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 Beeโ€™s Knees is a prohibition-era cocktail that smells lovely and tastes sweet. Youโ€™ll need your shaker, a jigger, a Hawthorne strainer, and a fine mesh strainer for this one so bust out the oleโ€™ cocktail kit. So letโ€™s get right into this Beeโ€™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 Beeโ€™s Knees Cocktail Recipe.

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.

How to Make a Beeโ€™s Knees Cocktail

The Beeโ€™s Knees

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  • 2 ounces Gin

  • .75 ounces Lemon Juice

  • .75 ounces Honey Syrup

  • Lemon Twist (For Garnish)


  • Add the gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup into your shaker
  • Shake with ice for 10 seconds
  • Strain with Hawthorne Strainer and Fine Mesh strainer into glass
  • Garnish with lemon twist

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  • Honey has a strong presence in drinks when used as a sweetener, so itโ€™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 wifeโ€™s allergies.โ€ -Dale Degroff.
Preparing Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail Recipe Using Home Made Honey
Preparing Beeโ€™s Knees honey cocktail recipe using real honey.

Conclusion: Beeโ€™s Knees Cocktail Recipe

So now that youโ€™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).

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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