Oh Honey — You're Going to Love This Bee Sting Cocktail

Get ready to get buzzed with our sweet and spicy bee sting drink that delivers heat and sweet in every sip.

Updated February 17, 2024
Citrus cocktail in a martini glass

Like a little heat with your sweet? We totally get it — so do we. And this bee sting drink combines sweet and heat in the most artful of ways. 

How to Make a Bee Sting Cocktail

We're all about balanced flavors, and the bee sting cocktail has beautiful balance. With a little heat from chili liqueur and sweet from honey syrup, it's a buzzy cocktail you'll love from the first sip to the last. 


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce honey syrup
  • ½ ounce chili liqueur
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist for garnish, optional


  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, lemon juice, honey syrup, and chili liqueur.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired.

Bee Sting Drink Variations and Substitutions

Like any recipe, you can modify your bee sting drink to suit your taste buds or simply to try a different riff.

  • Instead of tequila, more closely mirror a bee's knees by using gin. Any style of gin, from dry to genever, works well.
  • For a smokier flavor, use mezcal in place of the tequila.
  • If you want a more pronounced lemon flavor, easily infuse your tequila with lemon.
  • Give your cocktail a boozier kick using honey liqueur instead of honey syrup.
  • Sweeten your bee sting by adding a splash or two of simple syrup.

Related: Classic Bee's Knees Cocktail to Sweeten Your Evening

Garnishes for the Bee Sting Cocktail

You can stick with the lemon twist garnish, and you can spice it up or even make it a little sweeter.

  • Use a lemon wheel or slice for a more robust citrus lemon flavor.
  • Drizzle some honey along the rim for a sweet garnish, or add a small drop to the bottom of the martini glass.
  • Alternatively, run a lemon wedge along the rim of the glass and dip the rim into sugar for a sweet rim garnish. Add a dash of tajin or chili powder for a spicy and sweet flavor.
  • Carefully garnish with a small dehydrated chili, using a cocktail clip to pin to the outside of the glass on the rim.

A Buzzworthy Drink

Embrace the fiery sting of the bee sting drink. With its sweet syrup flavors balanced by the spiced chili liqueur, it's sure to be a hit with not only your tastebuds, but anyone you happen to offer a sip. The sharing is entirely optional, though, and it's understandable if you want to keep it all to yourself.

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Oh Honey — You're Going to Love This Bee Sting Cocktail