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Rosemary Bee's Knees

Rosemary Bee's Knees

The Bee's Knees is a classic Prohibition-era cocktail that's light and balanced, and incredibly easy to make. Not to mention–it's perfect for these hot summer days. Make it for yourself, or make it for a crowd, you really can't go wrong. As they say, this cocktail is the bee's knees! 

This recipe makes 2 cocktails.



  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 oz gin
  • 1 lemon
  • ice 
  • cocktail shaker
  • veggie peeler
  • coupe glasses




  • Add honey, water and 2 rosemary sprigs to a small saucepan
  • Simmer over med heat for about 10 min, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat to cool (move to the fridge or freezer to cool more quickly)
  • Store any Rosemary Honey Syrup you don’t use right away in the fridge



  • Using a veggie peeler, remove 2 2-inch slivers of rind from the lemon
  • Juice lemon
  • In a cocktail shaker, mix gin, 2 oz lemon juice, 3 oz Rosemary Honey Syrup & ice, and shake well (adjust ratios to taste, if desired)
  • Strain into 2 coupe glasses and add a rosemary sprig to each glass for garnish
  • Wrap lemon rinds tightly around a metal straw or the rounded handle of a wooden spoon, pressing on the rind tightly for about 20 sec, then gently remove and place a lemon twist on the edge of each glass
  • Enjoy!