Sunshine’s Killer Bee Recipe – Most Famous Drink on Nevis, Boat Drinks

After one sip, you’ll be buzzing around looking to pollinate something.

With all the doom and gloom from Hurricane Earl, I think it’s about time for some positive island talk. It’s rum cocktail time!

Location: Sunshine’s Beach Bar, Pinney’s Beach, Nevis, West Indies

Nevis is known for a lot of things…natural beauty, pristine beaches, romantic getaways and Killer Bees. How can it be that great of an island if you have to worry about aggressive insects you might be asking. Well, true enough you may get stung but it won’t be by a bug. You’ll be stung by the famous Killer Bee rum drink at Sunshine’s Beach Bar.

The Killer Bee cocktail is by far the most popular beverage on the island of Nevis.  Sunshine’s 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?

Killer Bee Recipe Ingredients: (almost)

Mix ahead of time:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1/2 cup passion fruit juice
  • Nutmeg, starfruit and lime, for garnish


1. In microwave-safe bowl, microwave honey and 1 tablespoon water 30 seconds or until honey is dissolved.
2. Stir in rum, juices and pepper; divide evenly between glasses with ice.
3. Top with club soda.
Garnish with nutmeg and fruit. Raise glass and toast!
Makes 2 servings.

Here is a great write up on Sunshine’s Beach Bar and the Killer Bee from Uncommon Caribbean.

If you’ve ever been to Nevis and had the opportunity to stop and Sunshine’s Beach Bar and wet your lips with a Killer Bee Cocktail I would love to hear about your experience.




  1. almost is right! that recipe is one of the most well-kept secrets in the Caribbean. nice work.

  2. Thanks David. Have you had the pleasure of downing one or more of these?

  3. That sounds like one helluva delicious drink, after a wet few days from hurricane earl, I wouldn’t mind getting stung right now!


  4. Thanks for the comment Dread…I will save you a seat at Sunshine when I make it down there. Cheers!

  5. Hey, thanks for the link love, Ryan! I can tell you from experience that the Killer Bee certainly lives up to its legend. I’ll have to try your recipe to see if it’s right…

  6. Thanks for the comment Steve. We will have to meet up on Nevis one of these days and make a toast to the Killer Bee.

  7. Just back from Nevis for the second time and again had some killer bees. This time we took two friends and we each had three!! great stuff.

  8. 3 bees in one sitting? Wow! I hear those things have a sting. Can’t wait to get back down there to have a few. Cheers!

  9. Ryan

    Had a big night with a bunch of friends at Sunshines just a couple weeks ago (so much fun!) and we worked hard on getting the recipe. Got hardly a nibble until the next day when a bartender at our hotel (who had formerly worked at Sunshine’s) offered up with some keys. He mentioned the honey, sour orange juice and passion fruit you have in your own recipe. He also mentioned Angostura Bitters on top, not in your recipe. However, I think the key too the taste and potency is in the rum. I’m guessing a local overproof would do it. Can you give me some feedback on that???


  10. Had the pleasure of staying in Nevis in May 2007. Will NEVER forget Sunshine’s. The lobster is AMAZING and worth getting up early for (it’s all gone by midday). And the Killer Bees…..WOW. Worth a trip back to Nevis just for those! Thanks so much for the recipe. Have tried recreating it and came close, but was always missing something. Can’t believe it was the passionfruit juice. My first time having that was at Banana’s on the hillside.

  11. Thanks for the comment Susan! Sounds like you had a great time! Cheers!

  12. I usually stick to Carib, but I’m going home tonight and make one of these. Sounds incredible!

  13. Let us know what you thought!

  14. Went to Nevis two days ago. Checked out the hot springs first and was told to go to Sunshines for the killer Bee specifically. If you need an island tour and reasonable taxi ask for Sargent. He was wonderful and such a delight I. Had 2 killer bees and got to meet Sunshine. My sister asked for the recipe and he said if he told her he’d have to killer so she said no don’t want that. Sunshine is great and is there every day. pinkey our watress was fantastic ads well. Nevis is a place to really get away where No One can find you! Love it will be back soon now that I live in St. Kitts.

  15. Went to St. Kitts on our honeymoon 16 years ago. Had a friend that lived on Nevis at the time. Took a puddle jumper over to Nevis and that’s when I got stung. I had 5 at the bar and couldn’t see straight. The lobster & swimming helped sober me up. My wife and I always talk about that special day at Sunshines. I don’t drink liquor anymore but my wife is mixing her drink up right now to go out on the boat. Thanks so much for recipe.

  16. Let me know how she likes it Chris! Cheers!

  17. I lived in Nevis about 17 years ago. While there I worked at the Hermitage, for the veterinarian, and also with Sunshine. While my lips are sealed as to what went into the killer bees- I can say we never put honey or pepper in them! I bet this drink recipe you listed is delicious though! I’ll be making killer bees for my mom’s surprise 70th in a couple weeks…feel de sting!

  18. Thank you Sarah!

  19. Was on Nevis last week being first ever certified Nevis Romance Specialist and we definitely had our share of Killer Bees. Great ambiance, love the setup, very island style, they accommodated our group and choices from lobster to jerk chicken and beef. Note: dump the bathroom key…too much trouble when you’re in a hurry!

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