Bee’s Knees – A Cocktail Made with Honey

Bees Knees Cocktail

Bees Knees Cocktail platingsandpairings.comLately, I have been noticing lots of cocktails featuring honey popping up on bar menus around town. Most feature some type of citrus along with the honey and are served straight up. Perhaps bartenders are taking a cue from the Hot Toddy – A classic wintertime drink consisting of whiskey, hot water, honey and lemon and believed to cure colds.

Bees Knees Cocktail

It does make sense though. Honey is a sweetener and can function in any cocktail much like a simple syrup would. For this cocktail, we make a batch of honey simple syrup, combining half honey and half water in a small saucepot over medium heat and stirring until well blended. The mixture is then cooled and can be stored in a mason jar. Use this syrup in the cocktail recipe below, or, be adventurous and try it in any cocktail recipe that calls for simple syrup.

Bees Knees Cocktail

Bee's Knees

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Platings & Pairings


  • Honey Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • Bee's Knees Cocktail
  • 2 ounces honey simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice


Honey Simple Syrup

  1. Combine water and honey in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring often, until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.


  1. Combine 2 ounces of the honey simple syrup, gin, lemon juice and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a small chilled cocktail glass and serve.
  3. Reserve remaining honey simple syrup for more cocktails.

Here are 9 more cocktails that feature honey for you to try:

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1.  Hot Toddy – Whiskey, lemon and honey – Served warm.

2. Golden Ale Beer Cocktail – St. Germain, citrus, vodka, honey simple syrup, and Belgian golden ale.

3. Pear Nectar with Reposado Tequila Cocktail – Tequila, pear honey

4. Bee’s Knees – Vodka, lemon, honey, vanilla

5. Honey Paloma – Tequila, grapefruit, honey, lime

6. The Beehive – Pear Vodka, honey, lemon

7. Honey Citrus Cocktail – Dragonfruit vodka, grapefruit, honey, orange

8. Nim Nam – Ginger, vanilla, lemon, honey

9. Pink Margarita – Tequila, Campari, lemon, honey


  1. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I’m stoked to see a cocktail made with honey- When I was in Japan, I had some cocktail with honey in it which I’ve been dying to recreate- This looks perfect!


    1. Erin

      Thanks Arman – Those Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls you just posted look pretty perfect as well!


  2. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    Absolutely gorgeous photo! Can’t wait to try this, just pinned! So perfect for the summer!


    1. Erin

      Thanks Krista! Summer can’t get here fast enough for me!


  3. Janel from NellieBellie

    I’m loving the cocktails with honey that are so popular right now. And this one looks stellar!! Yum!


    1. Erin

      Me too!!! I also put the honey syrup to good use in these Paloma Honey Cocktails recently. Can’t get enough!!!


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