a spicy riff on the classic bee's knees

Welcome to one of my very favorite drinks in this whole damn blog! If you love a good, classic gin drink with simple syrup and lemon or lime, then you will love this one. It’s a new take on an oldy, but goody, the Bees Knees.  

What makes it different?

One thing: Ancho Reyes liquor. My very favorite liquor to add to many a cocktail. What does it do? It adds a little kick, a little spice if you will. It’s an entirely new flavor that makes any drink a little more complex.  

 And just like the Bees Knees, your simple syrup for this one is made with honey rather than sugar. So simple. So good.


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  • Author: Liz Sloan
  • Prep Time: 5 min.
  • Total Time: 5 min.
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x



2 ounces gin

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

3/4 ounce honey simple syrup

1/2 ounce Ancho Reyes (or any Ancho chile liqueur)


Chill a cocktail glass. In a shaker, combine all ingredients with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into your glass and garnish with a lemon slice.

How to Make the Honey Simple Syrup:

Combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup honey in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until honey dissolves, stirring occasionally. When honey has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool before using. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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