Bee's Knee's is a delightfully refreshing cocktail with gin, lemon juice and honey syrup that is perfect for summer evenings on the terrace.

Bee's Knee's

Lemon twist


6 cl
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cl
2 cl
The gin is primary in this cocktail, and therefore the type of gin is crucial. A London Dry gin will put more emphasis on juniper, while a more modern gin characterized by citrus and floral notes will bring out the lemon and honey notes in the cocktail. Choose the gin that suits your taste.

How to make a Bee's Knee's cocktail

Cool your coupe glass. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake the cocktail. Then strain it into your coupe glass and garnish with a lemon peel. Cheers!

The Story of Bee's Knee's

Bee's Knee's is a cocktail from the prohibition era, where Bee's Knee's was popular slang that was widely used to call something excellent.

The cocktail is credited to Frank Meier, an Austrian-born bartender who plied his trade at the Hôtel Ritz Paris in the 1920s. Bee's Knee's is a simple extension of the classic Gin Sour (gin, lemon, sugar) that contains honey instead of sugar. The honey creates a richer drink and may have been used to mask the taste of the bad gin that was prevalent at the time. Fortunately, there are plenty of good gins available today, so you can enjoy Bee's Knee's at its best.

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Learn more about gin

Gin is brandy flavored with juniper berries, which was originally supposed to be a suitable remedy for kidney disorders. Franciscus Sylvius (1614-1672), professor of medicine at the University of Leyden (Holland), is credited with inventing gin, but the timeline makes no sense. Already in 1606, 8 years before his birth, the Netherlands had taxed Geneva (as gin was called at the time). Who really invented gin is difficult to say with certainty, there are many realistic candidates, including a Dane.
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