Bee’s Knees

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This classic gin cocktail is a crisp blend of tart and sweet. It pairs well with rich appetizers or a hot summer day. Three ingredients make a Bee’s Knees simple and perfectly refreshing.

Makes 1 cocktail.

2 oz gin (I love New Holland Knickerbocker)
1 oz honey syrup
0.75 oz fresh lemon juice

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake it up and strain into a glass.


Tips on Bee’s Knees

  • Fresh lemon juice is important on this one. Squeezing 1 lemon should give you more than enough juice for this cocktail.
  • Pick your favorite gin for this one. If you’re new to gin, try a more neutral flavored gin like Beefeater or Aviation. My favorite in this cocktail is New Holland’s Knickerbocker Gin, made right here in West Michigan. New Holland also makes a Blueberry Gin that creates a delicious variation for this cocktail.
  • Be sure to make your honey syrup ahead of time so it has time to chill before you make your cocktail.

Snack Pairing

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Enjoy your Bee’s Knees with smoky, sweet bacon wrapped dates.

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Bee's Knees

Bee’s Knees

  • Author: MittenGirl
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


Three ingredients make a classic Bee’s Knees simple, and perfectly refreshing.



2 oz gin
1 oz honey syrup
0.75 oz fresh lemon juice


Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake it up and strain into a glass.


  • Category: Cocktails

Keywords: lemon, honey, classic cocktail, bee’s knees, gin drink, drinks, homemade happy hour

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