Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees is a very old cocktail. It is thought to originate in prohibition-era USA when the bitterness of home-made bathtub gin would have benefitted greatly from being knocked back with a bit of sweet honey. Classically, a Bee’s Knees is just gin, lemon and honey. However, in 1948, David Embury suggested the neat addition of orange juice to make “an interesting variation.”

David A Embury (1886–1960) – author of The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks

Bee's Knees

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Serves: 1
Prep Time: None


  • 60ml dry gin
  • 15ml runny honey
  • 10ml orange juice
  • 25ml lemon juice



Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a Martini glass.

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