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Rosemary Bee’s Knees Cocktail

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


Dangerously easy to enjoy! Rosemary Bees Knees are great for entertaining and simple to make.  Gin and fresh lemon shaken with rosemary infused honey syrup.



Rosemary Honey Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 springs rosemary

Rosemary Bee’s Knees Cocktail

  • 2 ounces rosemary honey simple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces gin


  1. Prepare the rosemary honey simple syrup.  In a medium sauce pan, combine the honey, water and rosemary.  Bring to just a boil over medium heat.  Remove from the heat and let the rosemary steep for 10 to 15 minutes until fragrant.  Once cooled, strain into a container.
  2. In a martini shaker, add the gin, lemon, and 2 ounces of the rosemary honey simple syrup.  Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds to develop the honey “foam” that will settle on top.  Strain into a martini or coupe glass.  Top with a rosemary sprig for garnish.


  • If serving this for a party or event, prepare the rosemary honey simple syrup in advance and store in the fridge.  Leave out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before using.
  • There is a decent amount of booze in each cocktail, we recommend serving it in a martini or coupe or some glass that implies it’s a cocktail for sipping.
  • Garnishes can be fancy or simple.
    • Simple garnish ideas: nothing, lemon slice, fresh rosemary sprig, lemon twist
    • Bougie garnish ideas:  dehydrated lemon slice,  singed rosemary spring (let the rosemary dry out over night and light it on fire before blowing out and placing on top), fresh piece of honeycomb
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: shake
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: bee's knees cocktail, rosemary bees knees, gin cocktails, rosemary and lemon cocktails, lemon gin cocktails

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