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This Bee’s Knees cocktail recipe is a timeless favorite! Crisp gin is softened by smooth honey, shaken to perfection. Keep reading to get the easy recipe and add this cocktail drink idea to your cocktail shaking repertoire. Cheers!

Why is it called the Bee's Knees?

It’s all about the honey, friend! The Bee’s Knees is a classic Prohibition cocktail. Even the name evokes the era. "Bathtub Gin" was found in many speakeasies. It was really quite bitter honey was added to sweeten and lemon adds the perfect zest to make this drink a favorite. It really is the bee's knees!

A fun little note: The Bee's Knees and other creative phrases were all the rage to describe an outstanding person or thing. A few favorites other than the bee's knees are: the cat's meow or the cat's pajamas, the snake's hip and the monkey's eyebrow.

Now let's get onto the booze!

Any Gin you prefer will do, the easiest to find is Hendrix or Tanqueray. A new one we love is made right "up the hill" from us here in Palm Springs, in the High Desert.

A uniquely curated blend of desert botanicals led by prickly pear fruit, sage, dried lime, and pink peppercorn creating a new style we call high desert dry gin. The flavor is punctuated with a subtle earthiness, warm spices, and a balance of traditional gin botanicals.

You can really have fun with this and try different Gins and even different honeys. Honey infused with other flavors like lavender, Vanilla Bean or even Pepper to spice things up!

Yes, you need a cocktail shaker for this recipe.

Our Palm Leaf Shaker is the perfect one for the job.

Are you ready to make this cocktail?!

How to make the Bee's Knees Cocktail


Honey Simple Syrup:

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/2 tablespoon water

Bee's Knees Cocktail:

  • 2 oz gin

  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice


-Start by putting your honey and water in a small saucepan. Set it over a low heat until the honey dissolves completely, just a couple of minutes.

-Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin and lemon juice. Once dissolved, add the honey syrup.

--Cap the cocktail shaker and shake like silly. Once shaken and completely chilled, use the strainer on the cocktail shaker to strain into a glass. (Use any glass you like, but a chilled coupe is our glass of choice!)

-Garnish with a lemon twist.

Hope you try this one out! — they’re particularly refreshing on a hot day. CHEERS!


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