Bee's Knees (cocktail)

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Bee's Knees
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Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnishlemon peel
Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz honey
PreparationShake with ice and strain into a chilled large cocktail glass

A Bees Knees (or Bee's Knees) is a Prohibition Era cocktail made with Gin, fresh lemon juice, and honey. It is served shaken and chilled, often with a lemon twist.

The name comes from prohibition-era slang meaning "the best."[1]


Like many prohibition-era cocktails, the Bee's Knees was invented as a way to hide the scent and flavor of poor quality homemade spirits,[1] in this case bathtub gin.[2] The addition of honey was considered bizarre by some at the time, since sugar is more usual.[3] The honey sweetens the drink, and may make it palatable to people who do not normally like gin.


A Bee's Knees cocktail made with gin, 1:1 honey syrup, and lemon juice
  • Barr Hill Gin is sometimes recommended for its honey infusion, though other gins may be used.[1]
  • The honey may be diluted 1:1 with warm water to thin the consistency.[2]
  • The honey may be diluted 1:1 with simple syrup instead of water.[1]
  • A sprig of basil may be used for garnish instead of lemon peel.[2]
  • Some variations contain orange juice[3]
  • Add 2 dashes of Absinthe and 2 dashes of orange bitters to make a variation called "Oldest Living Confederate Widow"[4]
  • 50ml Gin, 2 tablespoons of honey mixed with 20ml water and 20ml Lime Juice. [5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bee's Knees". Post Prohibition Handcrafted cocktails. Baltimore: Post Prohibition. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Westfall, JD. "5 Prohibition Cocktails You Should Try". Q Avenue. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Puchko, Kathy. "The Origins Of 10 Popular Prohibition Cocktails". Mental Floss. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ Deluna, Dani (10 November 2014). "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow". Home Bar Girl. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Quick & Easy Cocktails with Gin". ThatCocktail. Retrieved 4 June 2019.