Bees Knees + Honey Syrup

Bees Knees + Honey Syrup

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A classic gin cocktail is a bees knees cocktail – one that originates from Prohibition Era – or so the story goes. Speakeasies had homemade alcohol kept in bath tubs for service and to reduce the strong taste and aroma of the alcohol, honey and lemon were added. Now of course, it’s by choice!

Honey syrup though, is ridiculously easy thing to make and store in the fridge, because this is also a healthier sweetener option for iced teas and other drinks you need sugar for!

The Recipe


  • Honey Syrup:
  • 100g honey
  • 100g hot water
  • Cocktail:
  • ¼ cup gin
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey syrup
  • ice
  • optional: fresh sage / lavender bitter / bitter orange bitter / lemon peel


  • Honey Syrup:
  • Simply stir together to thin out the honey
  • Store in a glass bottle and refrigerate
  • Cocktail:
  • In a shaker, add the honey syrup, lemon juice and gin, and give it a stir
  • (in the shaker, add any other flavouring add-ons as listed above)
  • Add ice and shake
  • Pour into a cold glass

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