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Classic Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Bee's Knees Cocktail. Photo: Litchfield Distillery

We’re celebrating local honey in this episode of Seasoned—even cocktails can be hyper local. This classic bee’s knees, shared by Newtown bartender Gary “Fiveboys” Crone uses local honey and local gin from Litchfield Distillery.  For a rich honey taste, Gary recommends making a honey syrup with a 60/40 mix of honey and water.

Bee's Knees Cocktail. Photo: Litchfield Distillery

Classic Bee's Knees Cocktail

Gary "Fiveboys" Crone
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 1-1 1/2 ounces honey syrup (See Step 1, use a local honey, if you can)
  • 2 1/2 ounces gin, (Preferably local gin)
  • 2-2 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice, depending on how tart you want your drink
  • Lemon twist or wheel for garnish


  • In a small sauce pan, warm honey and water (a 60/40 mix) until the honey is thinned and well incorporated, but still viscous. Cool it in the fridge.
  • When you’re ready to make your cocktail, add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and give it a dry shake (so, no ice). This will give the drink a frothy head.
  • Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Strain the drink into a coupe glass (you can strain it twice to remove any ice bits, if you like), and garnish with a lemon twist or wheel.


Gary “Fiveboys” Crone shared this recipe during an episode of Seasoned celebrating local honey. Find Gary at The Ant Bar online. Photo of Gary and the Bee’s Knees cocktail, courtesy of Litchfield Distillery.
Keyword Gin, Honey

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