Bee’s Knees Cocktail

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Why I love it: This cocktail tastes phenomenal and is just a simple mix of only three ingredients that (I’m guessing) most of us always have in the house: gin, lemon and honey.

bees knees cocktail

Meet my new favorite gin cocktail, the Bee’s Knees. I was introduced to it during a fun distillery tour we went on a few weeks ago. (At the Dancing Pines Distillery in Loveland, CO. It’s a wonderful place, if you ever get the chance I highly recommend you visit).

We love to go on distillery tours, it’s always so inspiring to see and feel the love and passion that goes into these operations. And, of course, it’s equally fun to taste the product. After the tour we sat outside in the sun and enjoyed a Bee’s Knees cocktail and loved it. It’s a mix of gin, fresh lemon juice and honey that tastes sweet, sour, ginny and incredibly fresh, intense, pure and natural. Nothing against gin and tonics, I certainly like them too, but lemon juice and honey have a definite edge over the taste of quinine.

So where is the spice in this recipe, you ask? Well, there isn’t any (unless you count the botanicals that went into the gin). Normally that would rule it out for The Spice Train but I think this drink is so awesome that I felt compelled to share it with you here. :) 

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Bee's Knees Cocktail

An easy recipe for a phenomenal gin cocktail called the Bee's Knees. All you need is fresh lemon juice, gin and honey. Cheers!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, gin
Servings: 2
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Nicole Branan | The Spice Train


  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons ice-cold gin (I keep the bottle in the freezer)
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • lemon twists as garnish


  • Combine all ingredients and let them sit for 10 minutes to start letting the honey dissolve.
  • Stir to get all the honey dissolved.
  • Divide between two glasses and serve with lemon twists.


Calories: 240kcal

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  1. Marisa Franca @ All Our way says:

    Not only do I love the shot but the drink sounds so very good! We leave near Kentucky — lots of distilleries there. Perhaps we should take some day trips — or if we really get into tasting an overnight trip :-) The name is great.

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Marisa! I’ve actually done some tours on the Bourbon trail in KY and it was great fun, I highly recommend it. Woodford Reserve was one of my favorites – great tour, great Bourbon and also great Bourbon balls. Enjoy your weekend! :)

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