Recipe: Killer Bee Cocktail with Black Pepper & Nutmeg

I can’t even begin to take credit for this drink. My dear friend Marina wanted to contribute something to our potluck-style dinner but even after I gave her the easy out by suggesting our Caribbean Rum Punch, she insisted on creating something new and unique to Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her research and uncovered this gem of a sipper… the Killer Bee Cocktail.

With a name like that, it has to be good.

According to her research:

The Killer Bee cocktail is by far the most popular beverage on the island of Nevis.  Sunshine’s [Beach Bar] is so secretive about the drink that I’ve read he mixes the cocktail under the bar to hide the mix from curious eyes. So while this is not exact, it is the closest thing you will find…after a few you won’t notice anyway, right?   (Caribbean Escape Blog)

Any kind of drink that is made under the table to preserve it’s secret? Count me in!

Now for a few notes on the nitty gritty. Marina made the cocktail with passion fruit puree, although the original called for passion fruit juice. Whatever you can find will work. The same goes for the rum – although I find I like golden rum best. Finally, don’t skimp on the freshly grated nutmeg or the pepper. The spice and slight burn balances the sweet honey and juices perfectly.

Bottom line? This is a real grown up island drink, suitable for any dinner party.


2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup club soda
1/2 cup golden rum
1/2 cup passion fruit puree


Fresh grated nutmeg
lime slices


Find an old, wonderful friend with the most glorious eyes and warm smile.

Make sure she has a bottle of rum and a plan.

Warm up the honey with a bit of water until dissolved. You can do this on the stovetop, as marina has done or in a microwave.

Meanwhile, measure out your rum.

Stir everything together in a pitcher…

It is always nice to have little helpers.

Pour into glasses, give a generous grating of nutmeg and a round of lime.

Enjoy into the wee hours of the night.

Time for a filler-up, Kelly?

What about you buddy?

Me? Yes, definitely.
Not you missy…

… unless you want the rum-free version:


Cheers, everyone. Enjoy your Killer Bee!
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  1. JosTenThyme says:

    Hello Sasha:
    I came because of the Guiness Cake, and stayed for the global adventure and discovered you’ve cooked (or in this case ‘drunk’) my little island of Nevis. Good for you!

    The ‘Killer Bee’ has always been a particular favorite of mine. If my memory is working, it goes down as smoothly as a glass of the best fruit punch you’ve ever had, and you underestimate it. Then, when you least expect it (at this point you’re floating in the clear turquoise waters just yards away from said bar), you suddenly realize that one glass of Killer Bee has knocked you flat on your back with no will to get up – unless it’s to get another serving of this… ehm! Decadent brew.

    I now live abroad and haven’t tasted Sunshine’s Killer Bee in years, so this post was definitely a throw back for me. From Friday night jaunts of my childhood to buy the best grilled chicken on the island from a street side vendor known only as Sunshine (because of his smile), to the Friday evenings of my early adulthood where we’d carpool to the beach bar for Garlic Buttered Grilled Lobster and the infamous Killer Bee.

    The recipe for Sunshine’s Killer Bee is as legendary as his smile. I’ve heard it said that he makes his own rum in the mountains (we call it Hammond). That rum isn’t even an ingredient, but that he ages the punch using… traditional distilling techniques. That no one but Sunshine actually mixes the recipe. Whatever the legendary recipe of Sunshine’s Killer Brew really is, one thing I know, Marina’s version will certainly do for a transplanted like me. It’s not quite authentic, but after a few glasses of this stuff, I am DEFINITELY not complaining about anything.

    Stay irie Sasha. Stay irie.

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Aw! Reading your comment I almost feel like I’m in the islands… it would be so fun to meet Mr Sunshine and taste his brew!


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