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Bee's Knees Cocktail, Gin & Honey

The Bee’s Knees is a Prohibition-era cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, and honey. The name "bee's knees" was 1920s slang for something outstanding. Originating from Frank Meier at the Hôtel Ritz Paris, the drink is a twist on the classic Gin Sour, using honey instead of sugar—possibly to mask the taste of poor-quality gin common at the time.

We suggest using Waterford Stillhouse's NEW Gin, you can fully appreciate the richness that honey brings to this cocktail. When choosing a gin, look to highlight the juniper flavors, or a modern gin with citrus and floral notes to enhance the lemon and honey. We know you will find the Waterford Stillhouse gin a great option for this cocktail.


  • 2 ounces gin

  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup

  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. Add the gin, lemon juice and honey syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.


How to make a honey simple syrup... or you can also buy some from Waterford Stillhouse.

  • 1/2 cup honey (adjust to taste)

  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Add the honey and water into a small saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Stir until the honey is dissolved.

  3. Allow to cool and transfer to an airtight container. Syrup will keep, refrigerated, for up to 1 month.

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