Bee’s knees

Bee’s knees cocktail

Legend has it that this fresh, slightly sweet drink was born in Prohibition-era America, with the honey and lemon employed to disguise the taste of poor-quality ‘bathtub gin’. 

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  • Serves1
  • CourseDrink
  • Prepare5 mins
  • Cook-
  • Total time5 mins
  • Pluscooling


  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 50ml London dry gin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 10ml orange juice
  • Ice, for chilling
  • Strip of lemon zest, to serve
  • Honeycomb (we used Rowse Cut Comb in Acacia Honey), to serve (optional)


  1. Shortly before you want to make the cocktail, mix the honey in a small bowl with 1 tbsp boiling water. Once it’s cooled a little, put in a cocktail shaker with the gin, citrus juices and plenty of ice. Shake well, then strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with the lemon zest and a chunk of honeycomb on a cocktail stick, if liked.

And to drink...

Divide the mixture between two flutes and top with fizz for a ‘Buzzing bee’s knees’.

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