Bring In The New Year In Style With Our Champagne Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

Bring In The New Year In Style With Our Bees Knees Royale Cocktail Recipe


New year is almost upon us and as its tradition, it’s time to send this year off with a bang and a glass of Champagne.

We’ve put together a little something for you to wow your friends and family with on Sunday night, a four ingredient cocktail that makes use of the Champagne you’ve probably bought for the countdown as well as Gin, the darling spirit of 2017.

Loads of you will have discovered a new favourite Gin over the course of the last year, and this recipe will work with whatever you’ve got around the house whether that be old classics like Gordon’s or Bombay, or a trendy new upstart like Monkey 47 or Sipsmith.


Like all of the best things, our Bees Knees Royale is pretty simple. You’re going to need the following four ingredients:

  • Bubbles – Doesn’t really matter what here, Champagne would be the traditional new-years send-off but Cava or Prosecco are able deputies.

  • Gin – Once again, whatever you have around will work well, but if you’re determined to buy something specifically for this, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Beefeater.

  • Honey syrup – Easily made by mixing equal parts of runny honey with hot water and stirring until dissolved.

  • Lemon Juice – Found in lemons. Resist the temptation to use Jif or other pre-packaged stuff, it’s fine for cooking but in cocktails it’s just not nice.

The last thing you want to be doing is mucking around making cocktails at midnight on NYE so we’d suggest you do most of the work beforehand:

  • Combine the Gin, honey syrup and lemon juice beforehand in a 2:1:1 ratio. That’s to say if you use 100ml of Gin, you’ll want 50ml of each of the others. You’re looking at about 40ml of the mix per-serve here so plan accordingly. Bottle this mixture, you could even leave it out for guests to pour themselves.

  • Make sure your Gin/honey/lemon mix is nice and cold, we’d suggest doing it the night before and chucking it into the fridge with the Champagne.

  • Into the bottom of a champagne flute (or a wine glass if you’re really going for it) add about 40ml of the mix, and top gently with cold Champagne.

  • Serve to friends and family, followed shortly by a round of Auld Lang Syne.


We hope you enjoy this recipe and that 2018 brings you all the love, prosperity and opportunity you could wish for.

Remember, if you’ve got events that want putting on, menus and bar-teams that want a bit of love, or you’re opening a new site in 2018, we’d love to be involved. Drop Sam an email on Sam@copperpotbar.com to enquire or use one of the contact forms on our site.

Happy New Year to all of you.

Loads of love,

Copperpot Bar.

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