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Frozen Bee’s Knees Cocktail

How you serve a classic cocktail when temps hover around the century mark.

How do you serve a classic cocktail when the thermometer’s hovering around the century mark? By pumping it through a slushie machine or blender. “This works really well in Austin,” says King Bee Lounge owner Billy Hankey. “It’s easily one of our best-selling drinks, and people are pretty bummed if we ever run out, so we make sure that never happens anymore.”


  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1¼ oz. honey
  • 2½ cups crushed ice
  • Tools:blender
  • Glass:cocktail
  • Garnish:edible orchid


Combine all the liquid ingredients in a blender and blend until the honey dissolves (this is easier if the honey is warm—try placing the honey bottle in a hot-water bath for a few minutes before use). add the ice and blend until smooth. Pour into the glass, then garnish.

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