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Hive Queen

The Bee’s Knees is a Prohibition-era cocktail featuring gin, lemon juice, and honey. The unique name is a convention of the time: The phrase “bee’s knees” was popular slang for something excellent or groovy!

The drink is credited as the creation of Frank Meier, an Austrian-born bartender who practiced his trade at the Hôtel Ritz Paris during the 1920s. It’s a simple extension of the classic Gin Sour (gin, lemon, sugar) that features honey instead of sugar.

Inspired by a recent cocktail class with the ladies that make up the CEO School “Club” I am doing a retro rad remix of the Bee’s Knees Cocktail aptly named “Queen Bee” (but that is taken) so let’s stick with what we know “Hive CEO” or “Hive Queen!”

Prep Time:  8 minutes

Yield:  1; 5-ounce

Serves:  1

Glassware:  Martini glass, Coupe Glass, or Wine Glass




  • 2 ounces Empress 1908 gin
  • 1 ounce Hana Tonic, or substitute splash of pineapple, ginger and cayenne
  • ½ ounce honey syrup (equal parts honey and water warmed together and then cooled) 


  • Lemon Twist
  • Dehydrated Pineapple Skewered with Pineapple Leaves 


Add gin, Hana Tonic, and honey syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a lemon twist or dehydrated pineapple skewered with leaves.

Raise a glass and toast yourself for being the Bee’s Knees and Queen of your Hive!