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Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American


The bee’s knees cocktail is a classic Prohibition-Era cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounces honey syrup

honey syrup (makes 1/2 cup)

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. To make honey syrup, combine equal parts hot water and honey in a glass and stir until the honey is fully dissolved.
  2. Combine gin, lemon juice, and honey in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice.
  3. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.


Chill your glasses ahead of time in the freezer to keep your drinks cooler for longer. This is one of my favorite tricks in the summer.

This cocktail is best served in a small coupe glass. It makes for a fantastic presentation given the drink’s history and age.

Always double-strain shaken cocktails through a fine mesh strainer. This removes tiny ice chips that will dilute the cocktail as it warms.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 219
  • Sugar: 17.9g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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