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Bee's Knees

The Bees Knees is a classic.  One of those Gin cocktails that is just fantastic with three ingredients.  You will want to usea London Dry Gin in this one, Beefeater is a great go to here.  If your not as much of a gin fan, or want a different take, try the vodka based Hammer & Honey.

This cocktail calls for honey syrup, which is  is just 3 parts Honey 2 parts filtered water.  I make it a cup at at time, but its just as easy to make it in the shaker.

It may be surprising to learn that the bees knees is a relative in the Daiquiri Family.

Bees Knees

London Dry Gin. Honey. Lemon.

Bee's Knees

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By Rick Britt Serves: 1 Cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes

The Bee's Knees is a classic gin cocktail, and one of those cocktails that is just fantastic with only three ingredients.


  • 2 oz London Dry Gin.
  • 3/4 oz Honey Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice



Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.


Shake with ice.


Strain into a chilled coupe.


No garnish.


Honey syrup is simple 1/2 Honey 1/2 Filtered water. You can make a bunch ahead of time, I typically make a cup. It can be made in the shaker just as easily.

What are Daiquiri’s?

Daiquiri’s are a very popular family of cocktails.  Today the name typically implies something fruity and summery, but if we consider it a style of cocktail then by changing the ingredients it is capable of many iterations. A daiquiri is a drink leaning more towards the sour of citrus, than the other ingredients. I say leaning because, typically its true, but certainly not a hard a fast rule. One thing that is true of a well made cocktail in the daiquiri family is they require attention.

Because of the citrus forward nature of this style of cocktail it can’t just be slung together with consistent effect.  As example, a gin martini is based on two liquors which are perfectly consistent. The recipe will work every time you make it.  A citrus forward drink depends on the fruit, which is not as consistent.

Therefore, you may not be surprised to learn of the family members in the Daiquiri family, these are usually more careful refined cocktails.  Here are a few we have made, that range from obvious to “really, that is based on a daiquiri”*

The Extended Daiquiri Family

Coconut Daiquiri | Sophisticated & Refined |

Whiskey Sour Cocktail | Balanced Perfection |

Brown Derby Cocktail | Hollywood’s Golden Age

Bees Knees Cocktail | It is a Classic |

Hammer & Honey Cocktail | Vodka Rich Honey |

Mojito | A Minty Refreshing Cocktail |

Caribbean Daiquiri | Delightful Tropical Cocktail |

* “Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals. Formulas. Evolutions” Alex Day, Nick Fauchald. David Kaplan.  10 Speed Press.

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