Bebbo Cocktail Recipe

The Bebbo cocktail boasts the perfect balance between sweet and sour flavors. The combination of citrusy notes from the lemon juice and the sweetness from the honey syrup creates a blend that is both refreshing and satisfying.

While not much is known about its exact origins, the Bebbo probably began as a twist on the 1920’s Bee’s Knees, which shared a similar flavor profile. The original recipe only called for orange juice, and you can use that.

Bebbo drink recipe with orange twist

But this one calls for blood orange juice, which has a slightly sweeter flavor than navel orange juice and a deep red color. It also calls for honey syrup, which is easy to make.

Naturally, a drink that features a quarter ounce of honey is going to be on the sweet side. But it’s tempered by a healthy portion of lemon juice.

The Ingredients

Freshly squeezed blood orange juice: It takes a little effort to squeeze the blood orange juice, but it’s worth it. That gives the cocktail a fresh, vibrant flavor.

Premium Gin: You’ll want a London Dry Gin for its crisp, clean taste that can complement the cocktail’s ingredients without overwhelming them. Brands like Beefeater or Tanqueray are great choices as they offer the necessary juniper-forward profile that works well in a Bebbo cocktail.

These gins provide a classic flavor that pairs nicely with the honey and lemon, ensuring a refreshing and balanced drink.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice: If you’re squeezing oranges, you might as well go ahead and squeeze the lemon. Again, it will add to the flavor.

Honey Syrup: You make this by heating equal parts honey and water, and stirring until the honey dissolves. It’s basically a lighter version of honey.

When to Serve It

Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day or celebrate a special occasion, the Bebbo cocktail is the perfect drink choice many occasions. Here are some recommended settings and events to savor a Bebbo cocktail:

Summer BBQs: Served in a tall glass with ice, the refreshing and citrusy flavors of the Bebbo cocktail make it an ideal choice for summer gatherings with friends and family.

Cocktail Parties: Impress your guests with the unique blend of sweet and sour notes in the Bebbo cocktail at your next cocktail party.

Happy Hours: Wind down after a busy day with a Bebbo cocktail during happy hour at your favorite bar or lounge.

Anniversaries and Celebrations: Toast to special moments and milestones with a Bebbo cocktail, adding a touch of sophistication to your celebration.

Date Nights: Set the mood for a romantic evening with a well-crafted Bebbo cocktail, perfect for a cozy dinner or movie night at home.

Bebbo drink recipe with orange twist

Bebbo Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

The Bebbo is a dry gin cocktail sweetened by a honey syrup you make. With its captivating blend of gin, lemon juice, orange juice, and honey, it's a must-try.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce blood orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce honey syrup


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add all the ingredients.
  3. Shake until chilled.
  4. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist and serve.


Make honey syrup by heating 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water over medium heat in a saucepan. Stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Last Updated:

May 2, 2024