The Bees Knees Cocktail: A Classic Gin Drink

The Bees Knees Cocktail: A Classic Gin Drink
Honey, lemon and gin? This refreshing combination truly is the “Bee’s Knees”

The Bee’s Knees is a bright, spring-like sour style cocktail. Here, honey takes the place of sugar syrup, adding depth and floral complexity. A superb option for the warmer months, the Bee’s Knees is another great twist on the classic Gin Sour.

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60ml Gin
20ml Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
15ml Honey syrup (3 parts honey : 1 part water)

Garnish Orange zest

Ice Cubes (for shaking)

Glass Cocktail glass

Equipment Checklist

Hawthorne Strainer Shaker
Fine Strainer Jigger

Recommended Gins

Cambridge Curator’s Gin


1. Add all your ingredients to the shaker.

2. Fill shaker to the brim with cubes of ice.

3. Shake hard for 30 seconds.

4. Fine strain into an ice-cold cocktail glass.

Bartender’s Top Tips

Making a honey syrup makes measuring and handling honey very easy! Just make sure once you make your honey syrup, store it in the fridge for no more than 1 week. When honey is diluted it can go off fairly quickly at room temperature.

Remember to chill your glass in the freezer for 5 minutes before you fill it, to keep your drink colder and fresher for longer.

Fine straining through a mesh strainer (like a tea strainer), removes all the small chips of ice to create a silky smooth texture.

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