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Honey Whisky Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe - Beeble Co

Honey Whisky Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe

The ‘Bees Knees’ Cocktail was created during the Prohibition era with its name originating from use of the popular phrase ‘Bees Knees’ meaning something excellent. The drink was initially invented during the 1920s by Frank Meier - a bartender working at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. Although similar to a ‘Gin Sour’ which is composed of gin, lemon juice and sugar, the ‘Bees Knees’ is slightly darker in colour through substituting honey for sugar and creating a much richer drink. 

Bees Knees Honey Whisky Cocktail

Honey is often seen as a healthier alternative to the white sugar found in most cocktails. As it contains both fructose as well as glucose, unlike white sugar which is composed entirely of glucose, it naturally tastes much sweeter. However, it also has a lower glycaemic index than white table sugar, hence causing less of a spike in blood sugar levels when consumed. Therefore, not only is the ‘Bees Knees’ much yummier, but it is also slightly better for you than its counterpart, the ‘Gin Sour’!

Honey vs. table sugar

Unlike the traditional ‘Bees Knees’ cocktail, our take on this delightful drink uses our very own Beeble Honey Whisky instead of gin. The combination of a slight sweetness from our Beeble Honey Whisky and a sour kick from a dash of lemon juice creates an exquisite, unique flavour and is the perfect cocktail for summer. It literally is ‘The Bees Knees’!

Prep time: 7 mins

Total time: 7 mins

Serving size: 1

Honey syrup Recipe:

Ingredients for honey syrup (enough for six ‘Beeble Bees Knees’)


  1. Add the honey and water to a pot and bring to boil.

  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes.

  3. Allow the syrup to cool and then store in a fridge.

Honey Syrup

Beeble Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients for the ‘Beeble Bees Knees’ Cocktail

  • 75ml of Beeble Honey Whisky

  • 20ml of fresh lemon juice

  • 30ml of honey syrup

  • Ice

  • Sprig of rosemary


  1. Pour the Beeble Honey Whisky, lemon juice, honey syrup and ice into a shaker.

  2. Shake well and then pour over ice into a rocks glass

  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Written by Hester

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