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.)


    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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