Lavender Bee’s Knees – A Gin Cocktail

Lavender Bee's Knees cocktail in a coupe
Lavender Bee's Knees

We love the flavors in this classic gin cocktail, light and herbal with the lavender, perfectly citrusy with the lemon! Cheers to summer with this Lavender Bee’s Knees!



We have been busy the last few weeks wrapping up the end of summer by finding ways to use our fresh herbs from our garden before the cold nights of fall finish off our herbs. One of the herbs we have been really enjoying is our lavender, which finally has established itself enough to bloom, its purple flowers fragrantly floral in the late summer sun.



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Lavender Bee’s Knees

We have enjoyed using lavender in some of our previous cocktails like the Brandy and Blackberry Lavender Shrub. Using lavender added a rich floral freshness to the recipe, too. We then decided to use a lavender infused simple syrup to make a delicious summer sipping cocktail, the Lavender Bee’s Knees.



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Lavender Bee's Knees Cocktail in coupe with lavender sprig. Lemon and flowers in background

Coupe Glasses

What is the history of the Bee’s Knees?

The Bee’s Knees is a delicious classic cocktail recipe that has been around since prohibition. The Bee’s Knees got its name from the popular 1920’s phrase “It’s the bee’s knees,” meaning the best. The Bee’s Knees is a take off of the old standby, the Gin Sour cocktail, but uses honey to add a rich complex sweetness to the drink.






Likely the change from the classic sour recipe to add a big dose of honey syrup used in the original. It was to add an overwhelming sweetness to hide the questionable flavors of the bathtub gin that was common in the 1920’s.




Lavender Bee's Knees Cocktail in coupe with lavender sprig. Lemon and flowers in background with gin bottleShaker



When we started making the Lavender Bee’s Knees, we found the original seemed a little sweet, especially for a summer sipper. We also were running a little short for the amount of honey the original recipe called to make the honey simple syrup.




What makes this Bee’s Knees different?

Since we had a nice lavender infused simple syrup that we have been playing around with, we decided to sub in the lavender simple syrup for some of the honey syrup. It took this Lavender Bee’s Knees down a whole different road than the original by adding a rich floral note.




Lavender Bee's Knees Cocktail in coupe with lavender sprig. Lemon and flowers in background




We used a nice light gin, Hendrick’s, which has a nice hint of floral sweetness that worked really well with the lavender syrup, too. Fresh squeezed lemon juice brings a tart component that works really well with gin, making the Lavender Bee’s Knees a nice crisp cocktail good for sipping on a late summer evening.




We still used a bit of honey to keep the rich sweetness and unique flavor that honey brings, but the majority of the sweetness comes from the lavender simple syrup.




Crisp and tart with a floral sweetness, we found ourselves sipping this on our porch as the sun set on a couple of wonderful warm evenings the past few weeks.






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Lavender Bee's Knees - A Gin Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
A lavender twist on the classic bee's knees cocktail, with gin and honey.


For the Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4-5 sprigs of lavender and/or flowers

For the Cocktail

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Lavender Simple Syrup


For the Cocktail

Add the gin and honey into a shaker and stir to dissolve the honey.

Add in the remaining ingredients.

Fill shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into a cocktail coupe.

Garnish with a sprig of Lavender.


For the Lavender Simple Syrup

Bring sugar and water to a boil, take off of heat, and add lavender sprigs.

Let sit for 15 minutes, strain out sprigs.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268 Total Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0.2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 27mg Carbohydrates: 30.2g Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 6.4g Protein: 0.3g


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34 thoughts on “Lavender Bee’s Knees – A Gin Cocktail

  1. Anything with Gin in it is my kind of drink 🙂
    I put honey in my tea, but never think of adding it to any other drink – I really need to start experimenting with it!

  2. My best friend served this drink as a signature drink at her wedding and it was a HUGE hit!!!! we are having a party later next month and I plan to serve these drinks. They are so light and refreshing!!

    1. Oh, that’s amazing! I love hearing things like this, and I am so glad that you all loved them! Thanks for letting us know! Cheers to your party!!

  3. I love this drink but make it a few different ways. Instead of simple syrup I make a honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part water) and either infuse that with lavender or just muddle a little dried lavender (fresher/stronger flavor) in the shaker with the plain honey syrup and other ingredients then just double strain it into the glass. Just can’t stop drinking them!

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