When it comes to cocktails, it’s hard to get easier than the Bee’s Knees Cocktail.
What Is The Bee’s Knees Cocktail?
Made with nothing more than gin, lemon, and honey, it’s a twist on a sour cocktail that is easy to remember for any time you need to whip up a drink.
As each season comes along, I like to make different versions with various kinds of honey and flavors (hello, lavender)! But when the temps drop, this is a fave: a Sage Bee’s Knees Cocktail recipe version that’s just as simple but even more sophisticated.
What Is The History Of The Bee’s Knees Cocktail?
The history of the Bee’s Knees Cocktail dates back to the Prohibition Era. A time when alcohol was illegal, but speakeasies allowed for a good time behind closed doors.
During this era, there were bathtub gin cocktails, which was essentially homemade alcoholic beverage. To avoid the harsh aroma of the homemade alcohol, lemon and honey were added to the cocktail giving us what we know today as the Bee’s Knees Cocktail.
The Sage Bee’s Knees Cocktail
The Classic Bee’s Knees Cocktail is enjoyed best when prepared with the smooth London Dry Gin, and topped with a sweet or sour honey syrup. Here we like to use St. George terroir gin and some fresh sage to bring an unexpectedly sophisticated twist to an already sophisticated drink!
Sage Bee's Knees Cocktail Recipe
For The Honey Syrup:
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup cold water
For One Bee's Knees Cocktail:
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce honey syrup
- 3 fresh sage leaves divided
- Make The Honey Syrup: For the syrup, bring equal parts honey and water to a simmer in a small saucepan until honey dissolves. Let cool to room temperature before using.
- Make The Bee's Knees Cocktail: Combine gin, lemon juice, syrup, and 2 sage leaves in a cocktail shaker and stir to dissolve honey syrup. Fill shaker halfway with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Smack the remaining sage leaf between your hands over the glass, drop into the drink and serve.