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The phrase “bee’s knees” was prohibition-era slang for “the best.” This classic cocktail, born from the prohibition era, combines gin, lemon, and honey. A Bee’s Knees is especially delicious with Barr Hill Gin because it highlights the notes of raw, northern honey in the gin beautifully, and is balanced with bright, tart lemon. It is also a very important cocktail to the Barr Hill family. Each year we celebrate Bee’s Knees Week, a spotlight on the importance of bees in our food and drink system.

Why Are Bees So Important? Almost 90% of all flowering plants and approximately 30% of our food crops depend on animal pollinators. Honeybees alone pollinate more than 90 different kinds of food crops. In the United States, pollination by honeybees produces $20 billion+ worth of products annually. The bee's role as a pollinator affects our entire ecosystem and the delicate balance of life on this planet - well beyond just the effect on our food crops.

During Bee's Knees Week, Barr Hill plants 10 square feet of bee habitat for every Bee's Knees cocktail shared on social with the hashtag #BeesKneesWeek and tag @barrhillgin. Bars and restaurants across the country serve the Barr Hill Bee's Knees cocktail, and you can also make one at home! Drink the best and save the bees!


Ingredient Amount Ingredient Name
2 oz. Barr Hill Gin
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Raw Honey Syrup
1 Lemon (Garnish)

Tools Of The Trade

  • Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Citrus Peeler
  • Coupe Glass


  1. Make honey syrup: Combine two parts honey and one part hot water. Stir until combined and let cool.
  2. Before juicing your lemon, peel off a big strip of zest using a vegetable peeler, for your twist.
  3. Combine Barr Hill Gin, fresh lemon juice, and raw honey syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  4. Add ice and shake vigourously for 15-20 seconds.
  5. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  6. Squeeze the lemon peel over the glass with the yellow side facing your cocktail to release some of the essential oils.
  7. Add the lemon twist as a garnish and enjoy!

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