The Bee’s Knees

A few months ago, Jill and I hosted a prohibition themed party. Researching food and drinks for the party, we came across a cocktail named the Bee’s Knees. Once we came across this cocktail, we began to see it more and more often. The cocktail (or a variation of it) is a regular feature on the menus at Liberty Bar and Restaurant and Madison Social.

Here is my version of the cocktail. I use Beefeater London Dry Gin in this particular cocktail because of how well it pairs with lemon and orange peel. The lavender complements the honey well.

  • 2 oz Beefeater London dry gin
  • 1/2 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Lavender and orange peel infused honey simple syrup (see below)
  • Ice

Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


To make the lavender and orange peel infused honey simple syrup you will need:

  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried food-grade lavender
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel

Stir the lavender and orange peel into the water in a pot over medium-high heat. Once the water begins to simmer, add the honey and stir until completely dissolved. Once cool, strain out the lavender and orange peel. Store the syrup in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.


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