2 bees knees cocktails in glass jars on a wooden table with lemons in the background
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How To Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail Recipe

If you like Gin-based cocktails, the Bee’s Knees is the drink for you! The Bee’s knees is a classic prohibition-era cocktail made with gin lemon and honey. This cocktail has stood the test of time and continues to be enjoyed around the world today.

Here’s What You’re Going To Need

You’re going to need some equipment:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail Glass
bees knees cocktail in a container with lemons spread around the table in the background.

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Gin
  • Lemon Juice
  • Honey Syrup
  • Ice Cubes

Bee’s Knees Drink Recipe

2 bees knees cocktails in glass jars on a wooden table with lemons in the background

Bee’s Knees Cocktail

A delicious recipe for the bee's knees cocktail!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bee knees cocktail, bees knees cocktail, bees knees drink recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 200kcal
Cost: $5


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail Glass



  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Honey Syrup
  • Ice Cubes


  • 1 lemon twist


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add in all of the cocktail ingredients and shake well, about 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon.



Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 8mg
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History Of X Cocktail

The Bee’s Knees origins can be traced back to the prohibition era. The phrase “Bee’s knees” was slang for “the best”. Due to the prohibition, low-quality gin was the only gin available. It is believed that people used honey and citrus to try and cover the taste and smell of the gin.

2 bees knees cocktails in glass jars on a wooden table with lemons in the background

Since it’s prohibition era roots, the Bee’s Knees cocktail has become one of the most popular cocktails around the world.

Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s

Can I use lime instead of lemon?

This is actually a pretty common subtitute. If you don’t have any lemon, you definitely can use lime. Although, this is not going to taste just like the original bee’s knees.

What gin do you reccomend?

Personally, I like Beefeater London Dry Gin. However, it’s all preference and really any gin will work.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many millilitres you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total.

Some Other Ways This Drink Is Made

In this version of the Bee’s Knees, the bartender infuses some lavender and mint flavours with a lavender blossom. Lavender blossom is also used as a garnish instead of a slice of lemon. Definitely a unique version of the bee’s knees!

In this version of the bee’s knees, an orange twist is used in place of a lemon twist.

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