Bee’s Knees Week Cocktails and Recipes. Help Save the Bees.

Bee’s Knees Week is not only a celebration of the Bee’s Knees cocktail but an opportunity to spotlight the importance of bees in our food and drink system. Billie Keithley crafted 3 cocktails that can help bring awareness to saving the bees. Make these at home.

Save the Bees: Without bees, our agricultural system would completely change. Coffee, avocado, potato, and many more fruits, vegetables, and nuts would not be pollinated and wouldn’t grow. Most of the challenges for the health of pollinators also affects people, and in fact, the potential decline of pollinators has direct consequences for human survival as well.

The Bee’s Knees Cocktail: This cocktail is from the Prohibition Era. The term “Bee’s Knees” was slang for ‘the best’. Back then, the addition of honey and citrus was used to mask the taste and smell of bathtub gin.


Bee’s Knees
2oz Breckenridge Gin [Buy Now]
3/4oz honey simple*
1/2oz lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Garnish: lemon
Instructions: Shake all ingredients with ice. Serve up with healthy lemon zest & pinch of bee pollen.
*Honey simple: Add 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, half cup honey over medium heat. Stir until dissolved and let cool


Bee Happy
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Pear Vodka [Buy Now] 3/4oz honey simple
6 slices of peaches
7 healthy mint leaves
Top with sparkling water
Garnish: mint sprig and freeze-dried Manuka Honey


Our Nations Pollinators
2oz Breckenridge Bourbon [Buy Now]
2oz fresh orange juice
1-1/oz cream of coconut
3/4oz honey, cardamom, and allspice syrup*
1/2oz lime juice
Garnish: honey pearls
Instructions: muddle honey simple, peach, and mint. Add Breckenridge Pear Vodka. Shake with ice. Double strain and top with soda.
*Honey, cardamom, and allspice syrup: Add 1/4 oz allspice berries and 1/4 oz cardamom seeds, muddled to the honey simple, see recipe under the Bee’s Knees. Let rest for an hour and strain.

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