Lavender Bee’s Knees

March 20, 2013

Spring is here and I wanted to celebrate with a simple cocktail that evoked the mood of the coming months. This prohibition-era classic has bright, crisp flavors, perhaps originally intended to mask the harshness of inferior gin. Fast forward to present day – this cocktail still makes for smooth sipping. In fact, it’s often billed as the gin drink for the non-gin drinker. Adding lavender highlights the floral notes of the honey without compromising the spirit of this timeless cocktail.





Lavender Bee's Knees

This prohibition-era classic has bright, crisp flavors, and often billed as the gin drink for the non-gin drinker.
Servings: 1 cocktail


Lavender Honey Syrup


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 full seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lavender sprig.

Lavender Honey Syrup

  1. Combine hot water with honey and stir until evenly mixed. Add lavender, stirring to combine. Let cool, approximately 30 minutes, then pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove lavender.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


normally an amber liquor guy but this looks so incredibly refreshing, makes me wish I wasn’t at work so I

Ah this is very sweet. I think I must try at home. This is very beautifull drink. Thank you for your sharing

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Looks beautiful and wow that’s great. I think I could try at home for my family. Thank you

I’m not a gin girl, so I did my research on gins before I made this. I bought a French gin that isn’t so heavy on the juniper. I did back off on the lemon just a bit. This is simply delightful. It is a great girls night in cocktail or a summer sipping cocktail. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

Beautifull drink.. I like your recipes maybe I can do it at home.. Thank you

Nice drink. I am very like this… so cool and so beautifull to drink.

My son made this for me recently. It was delicious! The perfect summer sipping/lounging drink.

I tried this by substituting some Lavender Monin and actual honey for the lavender honey syrup. It ended up being too sweet (the Monin Lavender syrup is very sweet itself). So naturally, I had to add some gin and then I added some egg white and a spoonful of crushed ice and then blended it and poured into a frozen cocktail glass. That’s better!

Hello, I love gin, there are so many different types so which one would you recommend. And herbal gin or a dry gin?

I enjoyed this recipe but the ratios seemed off to me. As written the lemon juice completely overwhelmed the other flavors and I could not taste the lavender syrup. I over doubled the syrup and everything came together without being too sweet. Thanks for the lovely cocktail!

Thanks for the feedback. I definitely encourage adjusting the recipe to taste, especially the aspect of tart vs. sweet, as it can vary by ingredient as well as by personal preference. I’m glad it all worked out for you in the end. Thanks for giving the cocktail a try!

I’m a lavender freakshow … I grow it at my house, I always get the lavender soap, I give my students lavender oil in savasana when I share a yoga practice, I love lavender lotion … I could go on … needless to say this one’s right up my alley. THANKS! <3

I can’t resist anything with lavender! It looks like a perfect summer drink and it is now next on my list! Thanks a lot for sharing!

I am a lover of gin and of Lavender and of simple cocktails.
Especially when it comes to tasty, beautiful looking seasonal
Herbs …. Yeahooooo thx

I cannot believe I did not know of your blog before since it is just amazing!
I hate gin (for historical, teenager reasons) yet this sounds delightful. I adore lavender. I will give it a try.

Summer needs to come so I can lounge on some magical terrace drinking these.

Gorgeous! I might try it with vodka but honey lavender syrup sounds amazing and like it could be used a lot of ways

I am not a gin lover, but I’ll try the lavender honey syrup. Thanks for sharing.

I’m normally an amber liquor guy but this looks so incredibly refreshing, makes me wish I wasn’t at work so I could make/have one. Also, I love using lavender in sauces and garnishes…never thought to put it into a cocktail. Ahhh, spring. Love your site. Inspiring!

Beautiful looking drink. I am not typically a Gin drinker, but sense this drink is known as “the gin drink for non-gin drinkers” I am interested to try it out. the lavender and honey make a unique pairing. The pics are beautiful!

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