Yellowstone 1923 Bee’s Knees Cocktail

How to make the prohibition era, honey-sweetened gin and lemon cocktail featured in the speakeasy scene in Yellowstone’s 1923.

The Bee's Knees honey and lemon yellow cocktail in vintage inspired, etched glassware.
The Bee’s Knees Cocktail From Yellowstone’s 1923
The Bee's Knees is prohibition era, honey and lemon flavored Gin cocktail featured in the speakeasy scene visited by Jack and Elizabeth in Yellowstone's 1923. The cocktail was first developed to lessen the harshness of homemade bathtub Gin, and it tastes even better with a high-quality vintage-inspired Gin such as Ransom Old Tom Gin which is a historically accurate revival of the predominant Gin in fashion during this golden age of American cocktails.


  • 2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2-3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Honeycomb for the bottom of the glass optional
  • Lemon twist for serving


  • Put a tiny piece of honeycomb in the bottom of a martini glass for a little treat, if using.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the Gin, honey and lemon juice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty then strain into the glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.



After extensive research I found martini glasses very similar to the ones used for the Bee’s Knees in this 1923 (season 1 episode 3) speakeasy scene. Purchase Here.
Get more recipes inspired by the hit television show Yellowstone in The Unofficial Yellowstone Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by the Dutton Family Ranch by Jackie Alpers – October 2023. 
Course cocktails
Cuisine American
Keyword 1923, bathtub gin, Yellowstone Cocktails

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