Bee’s Knees Cocktail

A few readers have asked for gin cocktail recipes that can be created without the need for several costly ingredients. The Bee’s Knees Cocktail is just that! A simple classic that has only 3 readily available ingredients; gin, honey and lemon juice.

There are lots of Bee’s Knees recipes available, some require honey syrup (heat 1:1 water and honey together until smooth and leave to cool) which can be a faff when you need a cocktail NOW!  I chose this recipe from Epicurious, because you just whisk the honey and hot water together, and I love the addition of lavender. I found dried lavender flowers at my local health food shop, but if you can’t get hold of any, it’s fine without!


Ingredients for a Bee’s Knees Cocktail (serves 1)

30ml boiling water

1/2 tsp dried lavender

30ml honey (I used Melbourne City Rooftop Honey, because I love what they do and it tastes so good!)

60ml Sipsmith Gin

20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice


Steep the lavender flowers in the boiling water for 5 mins. Whisk in the honey until completely mixed together and strain into a bowl.

Add 30ml of the honey syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice together with the Sipsmith Gin and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Enjoy!

(If you are going to be a regular Bee’s Knees Cocktail drinker, it’s probably worth making a batch of honey syrup that you can store in the fridge.)
The Gin Queen

The Gin Queen


    1. Excellent news!

  1. Oh this sounds fabulous!!! Love the lavender addition, prob could use a lavender tea if could get the dried lavender… Maybe. Nice one? x

      1. Ha, yes I think you could give it a go with lavender tea 🙂

    1. It really is!

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