Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail Recipe

Ok, the name gives it away. This beverage is truly the bee's knees. The greatest. The best. Bee's Knees dates all the way back to Prohibition, and, nearly 100 years later, it has lasted and charmed its way through the century. It's a classic cocktail for a reason, but it doesn't always get its due. That's going to change, though. With our easy recipe, you'll find that this is your new favorite cocktail. Thanks to this version, you can easily mix up the perfect summery beverage for an afternoon on the patio, a midsummer night under the stars, or a brunch in the garden. This cocktail is as at home in a speakeasy as it is on the dinner table or at a party. Bee's Knees is a three-ingredient stunner of a cocktail, and it couldn't be easier to make. No labored hours at the bar needed. With this simple recipe, everyone will be volunteering to be the bartender. In just two minutes—just combine, shake, and strain—you'll be on your way to the party. For this recipe, you'll need honey syrup, lemon juice, and gin. That's it! You already have the ingredients, don't you? The result of this combination is summery, sweet, and bright, with a comforting creaminess thanks to the honey syrup. You'll stir the ingredients with ice, shake to combine, and strain your cocktail into a coupe. Pull out the fancy glasses for this one. This cocktail demands glassware worthy of its Prohibition beginnings. This cocktail is strong and sweet as is, but you could also substitute lime for the lemon in the recipe, if that's your preference. You may want to invest in a stylish cocktail shaker too, because you'll be making more than a few of these beverages once your guests get a taste.

Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 serves


  • 1/4 (2 oz.) gin

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass.

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