Bee’s Knees Cocktail

If you’ve never had a Bee’s Knees Cocktail, you’re missing out. It’s a gin based Prohibition-era cocktail, similar to The Last Word Cocktail. And it’s really easy to make at home with only three ingredients. It’s also really good.

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The Bee’s Knees Cocktail is made with gin, honey syrup and lemon. It is said the honey and lemon were added to mask the juniper scent of the gin during Prohibition. They were probably also added to mask the taste of the bad gin during that period. I’m guessing gin was probably not as great back then as it is today.

In my opinion, this drink will convert any non-gin drinker. It has a beautifully fresh flavor that can be enjoyed year round.

I use Plymouth gin when making the Bee’s Knees. I’ve found I really like the taste of it in my classic gin cocktails. You could also make it with Tanqueray London Gin.

bee's knees cocktail recipe

Many recipes for the drink today use lavender honey syrup. I’ve had it both ways and can say I enjoy both equally. What I make at home depends on if I have any lavender on hand and how much effort I want to put forth.

Or you could be prepared and make some lavender honey syrup ahead of time. That way it’s ready in the fridge whenever you want a drink. That’s probably what a smart person would do. Hmm…

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Bee’s Knees Cocktail
 
How to make The Bee’s Knees Cocktail.
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce honey syrup (or lavender honey syrup)
  • ¾ ounce fresh squeezed lemon
  • Sprig of lavender for garnish
Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with lavender sprig.

If you enjoy classic cocktails, you should also check out the Income Tax Cocktail, Classic Old Fashioned and the Negroni.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. When not playing bartender in her kitchen and on the Internet, Jessica can be found improving her food and drink photography, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Jessica also writes at allParenting and Savvy Sassy Moms. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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