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Queen Bee’s Knees Cocktail

I had a very busy month in January with lots of travel. It was a great month for both learning and family time but was exhausting. The week’s Weekend Indulgence comes from the Gibson Lounge at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT. I was there for the Alt Summit conference. The cocktail was so enjoyable that I asked the bartender about the ingredients. After I got home I experimented to make sure the balance was right. Enjoy! ~Elizabeth

Recipe for Bee's Knees CocktailQueen Bee’s Knees


3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1 ounce Honey Syrup

2 ounces Beehive Gin (See Tips)


Citrus Peel for garnish (Optional)


1. First you make the Honey Syrup (Instructions Below)

2. In a cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, honey syrup, gin, and ice. Shake well.

3. Pour in a stemmed glass and garnish, if desired.


Beehive Gin is widely available in Utah and can be purchased via K&L Wine Merchants if they ship to your state. Alas, they do not ship to me, so I used a gin produced in my home state of Tennessee.

Honey Syrup

1/3 cup Honey

1/3 cup Water

Place ingredients in a small glass jar and heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If mixture does not fully combine heat an additional 15 seconds and stir again. Allow to cool. Cover tightly and store in refrigerator.

Honey Syrup is a great substitute for Simple Syrup in cocktails.

Elizabeth Lee Goodman

Formerly a homeschooling mommy, Elizabeth Goodman was divorced after a long-term marriage. She has five young adult children who are the joy of her life. Most of the time. Since ending her marriage, she has embarked on a new, happier life. Like many people her age she is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Her latest venture is a site called Weekend Indulgence. Instagram: thenewelizabeth

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Jennifer Connolly

Friday 5th of February 2016

I've never been a Gin lover but the sweetness of this cocktail tells me I would like it! Yum

Anne Parris

Friday 5th of February 2016

What's the difference between the Utah gin and other gins? Just branding? This looks very refreshing!

Elizabeth Lee Goodman

Friday 5th of February 2016

There are several different styles of gin. While all gins have that distinctive juniper flavor and scent, some producers use a variety of botanicals to create a custom taste. Beehive gin contains lemon peel, sage leaves, coriander seeds, orris root, grains of paradise, and rose petals in the addition to the standard juniper according to their website.

In the spirit of buying local, I used Corsair gin for my testing. It's produced in Nashville. They're not saying what botanicals they use in addition to juniper, but I saw some tasting notes that mentioned cucumber, citrus, and rosemary blossom.

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