Bees Knees
Cocktails,  Gin,  Recipes

Bee’s Knees

A honeyed cocktail that’s sure to hit the sweet spot!


The Bee’s Knees is a Prohibition-era cocktail that lives up to its name. This sweetly zingy cocktail will have you wanting more.

The phrase the Bee’s Knees, along with the Cat’s Whiskers, was coined during the 1920s and like so many other slang phrases both have little meaning other than to indicate something is regarded as the best.

A Prohibition-era cocktail the honey was likely added to disguise badly made gin. Read here about the practices during that infamous time.

The definitive origins are hazy. A delectably sweet riff on the Gin Sour it has stood the test of time and remains one of the easiest cocktails to make and the one of the sweetest if you have a sweet tooth.

Combining the fresh zing of citrus juice with mellowed honey. A combination that will get your taste buds buzzing.






60 ml / 2oz gin

15ml / 3 bar spoons runny honey

15 ml / .5oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

15ml / .5oz freshly squeezed orange juice


Tip: Use whichever takes your fancy. Different gins will give different results. For added sweetness use an Old Tom style gin.



Add the gin and honey to a cocktail shaker.

Stir the mixture gently until the honey has dissolved.

Add the lemon juice and orange juice to the shaker.

Add ice.

Shake vigorously.

Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.



Lemon or orange zest twist.


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