The Bee’s Knees Cocktail


Turn the kitchen into a gin joint with a “Bee’s Knees” cocktail. Alex found the recipe online, and the article accompanying it said the drink originated from the 1920s. And, according to the first thing that popped up on the internet when I entered the words, “bee’s knees,” this idiomatic expression may have originated from the 1920s as well. (Other theories abound, but this one just sticks with me.)

Next, I imagined more things people might utter at a speakeasy, such as the following: “You’re the frog’s tusks” or “that Roadster’s the stork’s bundle.” There’s no evidence that anyone said these things, but oh, the drinks they might have spawned! However, the Bee’s Knees cocktail just really says it all. It is one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had, and Alex is the bee’s knees for discovering it.


–1 ½ ounces of gin

–1 ounce of fresh lemon juice

–1/2 ounce of honey

Place all the ingredients into a shaker with crushed ice. Shake really well and pour into a glass.

Results: You really taste the honey. It’s like drinking nectar—and I don’t even taste the gin because typically, I don’t like gin. This drink is more than the bee’s knees. It’s the goat’s beard, the whale’s spout, the mermaid’s tail—and it slaps!


Your Turn: What’s your go-to mixed drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)?

30 thoughts on “The Bee’s Knees Cocktail

  1. I’m going to give it a shot tonight – sounds yummy. Probably I would do less honey and more lemon. I’d have to say a Margarita is my favorite (I love lemon and lime – however not a lot of tequila – that stuff can sneak up on you.)

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  2. What a great name for a cocktail…
    Like Liz (above) I enjoy a cocoa in the evenings after dinner! Sad, but true. 🙂
    I’ll leave the exciting drinks for you and Alex. Hahah… He certainly is ‘the bee’s knees’…

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  3. The bee’s knees sounds interesting and doable-I’ll give it a try (I have fresh honey). My favorite drink, well, I love a Margarita, but have also liked a Sidecar or a Lynchburg Lemonade. Problem is, all these drinks can creep up on you, so when I have them, I’m at home, and have only one 🙂

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  4. This is such a fun name for a drink (and so is goat’s beard, the whale’s spout, the mermaid’s tail) hahaha
    And I was just reading about how honey can last a long time and they found some in a tomb and it still did not ” go bad”
    – it sounds like a nice drink and because in 2022, we officially have up drinking any alcohol – right now I like sparkling soda with fresh lemon and really enjoy it

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  5. Oh, I’ve had a version with vodka and some added ginger, the honey really makes a difference! As for my favorite mixed drink, I’ve become a fan of Italian sodas lately. Green apples are a personal favorite, but the strawberry one is really good too!

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  6. This sound delicious, I like the idea of a little honey, cannot think of another cocktail that uses that
    I’m slowly trying all the 1920’s classics, the “French 75” which I think was a standard at the Algonquin Round Table, was kinda disappointing, Sidecar was great. This Bee’s Knees really sounds like the cat’s pajamas.

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