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In the golden age of cocktails, one libation emerged as the epitome of sophistication and taste — the Bee’s Knees. Its history is steeped in the glamour of the Roaring Twenties, and today, we embark on a journey to uncover the charm of this classic cocktail and discover how Highclere Castle Gin elevates it to new heights.

A Stroll Down Cocktail Memory Lane: The Roaring Twenties

The Bee’s Knees first graced cocktail glasses during the Prohibition era in the United States, an era when ingenuity in mixology reached its zenith. With the taste of bootlegged spirits often less than stellar, bartenders crafted cocktails that masked the less-than-ideal flavors. The Bee’s Knees, however, took a different approach, relying on the simple yet powerful combination of gin, honey, and citrus to create a refreshing elixir that delighted the senses.

The Bee’s Knees Recipe: A Symphony of Flavors

Traditionally, the Bee’s Knees is a straightforward concoction, blending the botanical notes of gin with the sweetness of honey and the brightness of lemon. Here’s the classic recipe:


  • 2 oz Highclere Castle Gin
  • 3/4 oz honey syrup (mix equal parts honey and hot water, then cool)
  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. In a shaker, add Highclere Castle Gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Highclere Castle Gin: Elevating Elegance in Every Sip

Now, let’s explore how Highclere Castle Gin transforms this classic cocktail into a drink worthy of the aristocratic halls of the English countryside.

Highclere Castle Gin, a super-premium spirit crafted with botanicals sourced from the historic estate, brings unparalleled sophistication to the Bee’s Knees. The citrus-forward profile of the gin melds seamlessly with the natural sweetness of honey, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate.

The botanicals, including lavender from the castle’s 9th-century garden and oats woven into the recipe, add layers of complexity to the cocktail. Each sip becomes a journey through the lush landscapes of Highclere Castle, a celebration of tradition and excellence.

Savoring the Elegance: A Bee’s Knees Toast with Highclere Castle Gin

As you raise your glass to the Bee’s Knees crafted with Highclere Castle Gin, you’re not just enjoying a cocktail; you’re savoring a moment of refinement and history. The Bee’s Knees becomes more than a Prohibition-era creation; it becomes an ode to the timeless allure of gin and the elegance of Highclere Castle.

Here’s to the Bee’s Knees, Highclere Castle Gin, and the delightful moments of sophistication they bring to your glass. Cheers!

Order your bottle of Highclere Castle Gin here and try this cocktail out.