How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Ryan is quite the home mixologist, if I do say so myself. That kid can mix a cocktail with the best of ’em. And the other day when we were figuring out how to make a Bee’s Knees cocktail, he hit on a super simple little trick that makes it incredibly easy to make them for yourself at home.

how to make a bee's knees cocktail

For a long time we would only order these drinks if we were out and they were a specialty cocktail wherever we were, because they require a honey syrup that not everybody has in stock all the time. Then we started trying to make them at home, but if you use room temperature honey, you literally have to shake the cocktail for about five minutes to get that stuff to dissolve. So leave it to my husband to see the obvious and simple brilliant solution. Read on to see how to make a Bee’s Knees cocktail in small batches at home!

How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail


  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

First off, it’s best to make this in batches, so find some friends who want a cocktail and make a few at a time! Multiply the ingredients by however many individual servings you’ll be making.

Start by putting your honey and water in a small saucepan (we have a mini pan like this, which we also use for making single eggs!). 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 vigorously. Once shaken and completely chilled, use the strainer on the cocktail shaker to strain into a coupe glass. (Or any glass you like, but I love it from a chilled coupe glass!)

That’s it! Our special little secret on how to make a Bee’s Knees cocktail! If you put the honey over some heat it comes together in just a minute or two, and eliminates having to store big batches of honey syrup or having to shake that baby for a million years. Hope you try this one out at your next party — they’re particularly refreshing on a hot day. Cheers! xoxo

how to make a bee's knees cocktail

how to make a bee's knees cocktail

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