The Bees’ Knees – Friday’s Featured Cocktail

Hosting at your Hive? Create a buzz and change the rules the next time you entertain.

Swap a glass of wine for a Bees’ Knees cocktail when you serve a cheese plate.  The cocktail, with its honey scent and flavor, complements a cheese plate perfectly (Gin and Cheese? yes: read) .

The Bees’ Knees? After a bit of googling, I discovered there is no definitive origin for the term. One theory is that Bees carry pollen back to the hive in sacks on their legs. Therefore the phrase may allude to the concentrated goodness to be found around the bee’s knee, but there is no evidence for this explanation. The Bees’ Knees appears to have been a very popular phase in 1920s America, when it was coined for referring to hipness or coolness. I think it’s just fun to say and yes it’s a very hip and cool cocktail filled with lots of goodness. Hope you will try one and enjoy!

Bee’s Knees


  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz honey syrup*
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ice

*Make honey syrup by mixing equal parts hot water and honey. Stir until dissolved.


  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
  • Shake vigourously and strain into a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

For an added twist try dried lavender blossoms ( Epicurious has a wonderful recipe)

My Picks for awesome ingredients!

  • For Gin:  Bulldog Gin
  • For Honey:  Tupelo Honey, by Savannah Bee

Recipe Adapted from The Standard Bartender’s Guide by Patrick Gavin Duffy, 1966




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