Bee’s Knees cocktail

Bee's Knees cocktail
The Bee's Knees is a softly sweet cocktail made from gin, lemon juice and honey syrup.
The cocktail was created by Frank Meier who was working in the Ritz in Paris in the 1920s. The Bee's Knees cocktail is a brother of another famous drink — the Gin Sour. The only difference is that Bee's Knees uses honey syrup instead of sugar that's used to make a Gin Sour.
As the cocktail was created during the Prohibition era, it is believed that the honey was used to mask the bitterness of the bootleg gin. Although the honey also makes the cocktail richer and easier to drink.
In the 1920s the phrase "bee's knees" was used to describe something outstanding which might have been the reason for its name – that and the connection to honey!
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • coupe glass


  • 60 ml gin
  • 25 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml honey syrup
  • lemon twist (to garnish)


  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist. Serve and enjoy!


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Out of existing 20,000 species of bees, only a small fraction of them can make honey.

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