The Disgruntled bee is a simple twist on the classic cocktail The Bee’s Knees. I love the simple but complex flavors of the traditional, but I wanted to see if I could add more richness and depth to it.

I was on an Amaro Nonino kick for a while and was like, why not spilt the gin base with that?

Disgruntled bee cocktail close up
Disgruntled Bee Cocktail Close Up

After just a couple of different variations of ratios, I was thrilled with the final result. It is one of my favorite cocktails that I have come up with in the past couple of years.

It’s fun making this drink for people at the bar when they told me they aren’t huge gin fans because the gin isn’t the dominant flavor of this cocktail.

They all mesh very well together.

Disgruntled Bee Recipe

Disgruntled Bee Recipe

Recipe by Carl Busch
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Course: BeverageCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This is great light, refreshing cocktail that was inspired by the Bee’s Knees classic cocktail.

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  • Combine all ingredients into your shaking tin.
  • Add ice.
  • Shake hard for 12 – 15 seconds.
  • Double strain the cocktail into your chilled Nick and Nora glass.

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How Did Disgruntled Bee Get It’s Name?

I wanted to call the cocktail Bitter Bee because of the addition of Amaro. So when you think you have a name for a cocktail, you “Google” the potential name to see if it exists.

Like most times, it already existed. It was created at the bar Milk & Honey and appeared on several websites and The Educated Barfly’s YouTube channel.

The next process was to see what synonymous terms I could find for bitter. I found disgruntled in my search and knew that it had to be used.

That is how I came up with the name, Disgruntled Bee.

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