As a bartender, I've seen many trends come and go, but one ingredient that has stood the test of time is honey.
Its sweet and complex flavor profile makes it a beloved ingredient in cocktails. Honey has been used in drinks for centuries, and it's still going strong today.
Honey is a natural sweetener that brings a unique depth of flavor to cocktails. It's a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways, from simply adding sweetness to adding a complex flavor profile.
The use of honey in cocktails has become increasingly popular, and it's not difficult to see why. Its rich, golden hue and distinct flavor make it an excellent complement to many different spirits.
The beauty of honey cocktails is that they can be tailored to your personal taste. Whether you prefer a sweet and fruity drink or something with a little more bite, there's a honey cocktail recipe out there for you.
From classic cocktails like the Bee's Knees to modern creations like the Honey Badger, honey adds a unique twist to any drink. So, if you're looking for a new cocktail to try, why not give one of these honey cocktails a go?
1. Bees Knees
The Bees Knees is a classic cocktail that has been around for nearly a century. It is a simple yet delicious cocktail that combines gin, lemon juice, orange juice, and honey simple syrup. The honey adds a subtle sweetness to the drink, while the citrus juices give it a refreshing and tangy flavor.
This cocktail is perfect for those who are looking for a drink that is not too sweet but still has a hint of sweetness. The Bees Knees is a great cocktail to sip on during a warm summer evening or to enjoy as a pre-dinner drink. If you are a fan of gin cocktails, then the Bees Knees is definitely worth trying.
2. Bee's Knees
The Bee's Knees cocktail is a Prohibition-era drink that has stood the test of time. Made with gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and sour. The honey syrup adds a unique character and sweetness to the drink, making it perfect for gin lovers who want a refreshing and easy-to-drink cocktail.
The name "Bee's Knees" is a nod to the 1900s slang term for "the best" or "awesome", which is fitting for this classic cocktail. While there are many different gins that can be used, London dry gins or citrus-forward gins work best. Overall, the Bee's Knees is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious honey cocktail that is both classic and refreshing.
3. Honey Bear Cocktail
The Honey Bear Cocktail is a perfect drink for fall evenings and holiday season festivities. Made with a simple syrup of honey, sage, and orange, and combined with southern bourbon over ice, this cocktail has a fresh, mellow, slightly sweet taste that is perfect for sipping.
It's a refreshing drink that's easy to drink, but you need to be careful not to drink it too fast. The cocktail looks exceptionally delicious in a mason jar, moscow mule mug, or even a martini glass. If you're looking for a cocktail that's perfect for fall and holiday season, the Honey Bear Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
4. Bourbon Honey Cocktail
The Bourbon Honey Cocktail is a simple yet delicious cocktail that is perfect for unwinding after a long day. Made with quality bourbon, real honey, and fresh lemon, this cocktail is a soothing and comforting drink that is easy to make. A dash of orange bitters can be added for an extra touch of flavor, but it is not necessary.
The key to this cocktail is its simplicity and the use of quality ingredients. The honey adds a touch of sweetness that perfectly balances the bourbon, while the lemon adds a refreshing twist. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves a good bourbon cocktail.
5. Lemon Honey Vodka Cocktail
The Lemon Honey Vodka Cocktail is a refreshing and delicious drink that is perfect for any occasion. Made with a honey simple syrup and fresh lemon juice, this cocktail is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer without any refined sugars. The vodka adds a subtle kick that makes it perfect for a night out with friends or a relaxing evening at home.
What makes this cocktail stand out is the use of honey as a sweetener, which adds a unique depth of flavor that you won't find in other cocktails. Whether you're looking for a refreshing summer drink or a delicious cocktail to enjoy with friends, the Lemon Honey Vodka Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
6. Fiery Honey Badger Cocktail
The Fiery Honey Badger Cocktail is a spicy and refreshing bourbon-based drink that is perfect for early summer evenings. Infused with a simple honey syrup and red pepper flakes, this cocktail is easy to make and surprisingly easy to drink. The recipe offers two variations, one with a fiery kick and the other without, making it a versatile choice for any occasion.
Whether you prefer to serve it straight up or topped off with some Champagne or Prosecco, the Fiery Honey Badger Cocktail is sure to impress your guests. So, if you're looking for a unique and delicious honey cocktail recipe, give the Fiery Honey Badger a try!
7. Bourbon and Hot Honey Cocktail
The Bourbon and Hot Honey Cocktail is a fiery twist on the classic cocktail that is perfect for those who like their drinks with a little bit of a kick. This cocktail swaps out regular honey for hot honey, giving it a spicy flavor that is balanced out by the sweetness of the bourbon spiked cherries.
The result is a cocktail that is both fruity and boozy, making it the perfect drink to unwind with after a long day. If you're looking for a cocktail that is a little bit different from the norm, then the Bourbon and Hot Honey Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
8. Bees Knees Cocktail
The Bees Knees Cocktail is a classic, Prohibition-era drink that combines gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice to create a refreshing and flavorful cocktail. It's a perfect drink for a warm spring or summer day. The honey syrup adds a lovely sweetness, while the lemon juice provides a citrusy tang.
The gin ties everything together with its clean, crisp taste. The Bees Knees Cocktail is typically served in a coupe or martini glass with a lemon twist garnish. If you’re a fan of gin and looking for a refreshing cocktail, the Bees Knees is definitely worth trying.
9. Honey Lemon Whiskey Sour
The Honey Lemon Whiskey Sour is a refreshing and balanced cocktail that combines the flavors of honey and lemon with the smoothness of whiskey. This cocktail is a twist on the classic whiskey sour, replacing the lime juice with lemon and the sugar with local honey. The addition of egg white gives the drink a frothy texture and adds thickness and silkiness to the cocktail.
The use of pasteurized eggs ensures that the drink is safe to consume. The Honey Lemon Whiskey Sour is an excellent choice for those who enjoy the taste of whiskey and the sweetness of honey. It's perfect for happy hour or any occasion where you want to enjoy a delicious and refreshing cocktail.
10. Paloma Cocktail
The Paloma Cocktail is a refreshing and tangy tequila-based drink that is perfect for any occasion. Made with grapefruit and lime juice, a splash of soda water, and a salted rim, this cocktail is a great alternative to the classic margarita. What makes this recipe stand out is the addition of honey simple syrup, which adds a touch of sweetness and richness to the drink.
The honey also provides a creamy flavor that complements the bitterness of the grapefruit and the tanginess of the lime juice. If you're looking for a unique and delicious cocktail that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion, the Paloma Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
11. Whiskey Hibiscus Cocktail
The Whiskey Hibiscus Cocktail is a perfect blend of bold flavors and floral notes, making it a must-try for any whiskey lover. This cocktail is made with whiskey, hibiscus tea, lemon juice, and Local Hive Honey™, which gives it a lightly sweetened taste. The honey used in this cocktail is 100% pure, raw, and unfiltered, making it the freshest and most natural ingredient possible.
The hibiscus tea adds a refreshing touch to the drink, making it perfect for transitioning from summer to fall. The cocktail is garnished with a hibiscus flower and thyme sprig, making it a beautiful cocktail to look at and savor. If you're looking for a unique and delicious honey cocktail, the Whiskey Hibiscus Cocktail is a must-try.
12. Jack Daniel's Honey Cranberry Tea
The Jack Daniel's Honey Cranberry Tea is a perfect fall cocktail that's easy to make. It's a smooth mix of sweet tea, cranberry juice, Honey Jack, and a cinnamon stick. The sweetness of the honey and cranberry juice is balanced out by the bitterness of the tea.
The cinnamon stick adds a touch of spice that makes this cocktail even more delicious. It's perfect for sipping on a chilly fall evening, and it's sure to warm you up from the inside out.
13. Lemon and Honey Gin & Tonic
The Lemon and Honey Gin & Tonic is a refreshing twist on the classic G&T. This cocktail combines the crisp taste of gin and tonic with the sweet and tangy flavors of lemon and honey. It's a simple yet delicious drink that's perfect for any occasion.
The recipe calls for just four ingredients and can be easily turned into a mocktail by leaving out the gin. If you're a fan of gin and looking for a new way to enjoy it, this cocktail is definitely worth a try. The Lemon and Honey Gin & Tonic is sure to become a new favorite among honey cocktail enthusiasts.
14. Tequila Honey Bee
The Tequila Honey Bee is a sweet and spicy cocktail that is perfect for summertime sipping. Made with tequila, honey syrup, lime juice, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper, this cocktail is a delightful study of contrasts. The sweetness of the honey is balanced out by the heat of the hot sauce, making for a refreshing and complex flavor profile.
This cocktail is also incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of foods, particularly Mexican cuisine. Whether you're looking for a new twist on the classic margarita or just want to try something new, the Tequila Honey Bee is definitely worth a try.
15. Honey Paloma
The Honey Paloma is a tequila-based cocktail that is a delightful twist on the classic Paloma. This cocktail uses honey syrup instead of regular simple syrup, which adds a sweet and unique flavor to the drink.
The combination of tart grapefruit and sweet honey creates a perfect balance of flavors that is sure to impress any cocktail lover. The salted rim adds a nice touch to the overall presentation of the drink. If you are looking for a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for any occasion, the Honey Paloma is definitely worth trying.
16. Hot Honey Margarita
The Hot Honey Margarita is a spicy twist on the classic margarita that is sure to please those who enjoy a little kick in their cocktails. Made with top-shelf tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and hot honey, this drink is sweet, tangy, and fiery all at once.
The chili-salt rim adds a nice balance to the margarita and makes for a beautiful presentation. If you're a fan of hot honey, this cocktail is a must-try. It's perfect for sipping on a warm summer day or for adding a little heat to your happy hour. Give it a try and let your taste buds be pleasantly surprised.
17. Hot Honey Grapefruit Soda
The Hot Honey Grapefruit Soda is a tangy and spicy cocktail made with freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice and hot honey syrup. It's perfect for a hot summer day and can be enjoyed with or without alcohol.
The addition of muddled raspberries and highly carbonated sparkling water ensures a perfectly effervescent finish. Garnished with a juicy slice of pink grapefruit, a fresh raspberry, and a bouquet of mint, this cocktail is both visually appealing and delicious.
18. Lavender Bee's Knees
Lavender Bee's Knees is a classic gin cocktail with a twist of lavender and lemon. The lavender-infused simple syrup adds a rich floral freshness to the cocktail, making it a perfect summer sipper. The cocktail is a take on the old standby Gin Sour, but instead of using sugar, honey is used to add a rich complex sweetness to the drink.
The addition of lavender syrup takes the cocktail down a whole different road, adding a unique and rich floral note. The cocktail is crisp and tart with a floral sweetness, making it a perfect cocktail for sipping on a late summer evening. If you're looking for a classic cocktail with a twist, Lavender Bee's Knees is definitely worth a try.
19. Honey Thyme Margarita
The Honey Thyme Margarita is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. Made with fresh squeezed grapefruit and lime juice, this cocktail is infused with a honey thyme syrup that adds a subtle sweetness and earthy flavor.
The use of blanco tequila and orange liquor helps to balance out the bitterness of the grapefruit, making this cocktail easy to drink and perfect for those who are new to tequila. The honey thyme syrup is easy to make and can be used in a variety of other cocktails or recipes. If you're looking for a unique and delicious cocktail, the Honey Thyme Margarita is definitely worth a try.
20. Rosemary and Honey Whiskey Cocktail
The Rosemary and Honey Whiskey Cocktail is a delicious and unique cocktail that is perfect for whiskey lovers. Made with a spicy rye whiskey, bitters, and an infused rosemary and honey simple syrup, this cocktail is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned.
The flavors of the rosemary and honey complement the whiskey perfectly, creating a drink that is both sweet and savory. This cocktail is sure to impress your guests and is perfect for any occasion. If you're looking for a cocktail that is both delicious and unique, the Rosemary and Honey Whiskey Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
21. Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail
The Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that is perfect for those lazy summer afternoons. The cocktail is made with dried chamomile, honey, and bourbon, which are steeped together to create a mild, chill, and relaxed flavor. The fresh chamomile flowers are used as a garnish, adding a touch of elegance to this simple cocktail.
While the recipe may seem low maintenance, the flavors are anything but. The combination of the sweet honey and the smooth whiskey creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you wanting more. So, grab a glass, sit back, and enjoy this delicious cocktail with friends and family.
22. Lavender Infused Milk & Honey Cocktail
The Lavender Infused Milk & Honey Cocktail is a unique and sophisticated drink that is perfect for those who want to elevate their cocktail game. The cocktail features a smooth and frothy texture, thanks to the egg white, which complements the flavors of lavender-infused honey syrup and milk.
The combination of these ingredients creates a drink that is both sweet and savory, making it a perfect choice for any occasion. If you're looking for a cocktail that is both refreshing and satisfying, the Lavender Infused Milk & Honey Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
23. Gold Rush Cocktail
The Gold Rush Cocktail is a perfect blend of bourbon, honey, and lemon juice. It is a smooth and simple cocktail that is easy to make with just three ingredients. The honey syrup is made by mixing honey and water in a ratio of two parts honey to one part water. This cocktail is perfect for those who love bourbon and want to try something new.
The combination of honey and lemon juice gives the cocktail a sweet and sour taste that is sure to please. The Gold Rush Cocktail is a great choice for any occasion, especially for New Year's Eve celebrations. It is a golden drink that will add sparkle to your night. Try this cocktail and you won't be disappointed!
24. Honey Lavender Gin Lemonade
The Honey Lavender Gin Lemonade is a refreshing and unique cocktail made with Empress 1908 Gin, honey, and lavender.
The butterfly pea blossom in the gin gives it a stunning indigo hue that changes to lavender, pink, or fuchsia when mixed with citrus or tonic. It's a perfect drink for a warm day and a great choice for any summer gathering.
25. Fig and Honey Cocktail
The Fig and Honey Cocktail is a must-try for those who love a balanced and naturally sweet cocktail. Made with ripe fig puree, honey, ginger ale, and lemon juice, this cocktail is perfect for those who prefer a drink that's not too sugary. The fig seeds are suspended in the liquid, and the color varies from deep blush to purple-red depending on the type of figs used, making it a visually stunning drink.
This cocktail is perfect for Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Labor Day, or any occasion that calls for a sweet and refreshing drink. So, if you're looking for a unique and delicious cocktail to try, the Fig and Honey Cocktail is definitely worth a shot!
26. Frozen Honey Palomas
Looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail to try this summer? Look no further than the Frozen Honey Paloma. This cocktail combines the floral notes of honey syrup with the tartness of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and the smoothness of blanco tequila or mezcal.
A pinch of salt brings out the flavors, and the frozen texture makes it the perfect drink to cool off with on a hot day. Plus, with variations like hot honey syrup or fruit substitutions, you can customize it to your taste. Trust us, this cocktail is worth trying.
27. Earl Grey Tea Cocktail
The Earl Grey Tea Cocktail is a refreshing and energizing drink that combines the floral flavors of earl grey tea with the botanicals of gin. This cocktail is perfect for those who love tea and want to try something new. The addition of lavender, lemon, and honey simple syrup creates a mild and lightly sweetened flavor that is perfect for early evening or late-night cocktails.
The history of Earl Grey tea and its benefits make this cocktail a healthy option for those who want to enjoy a drink without the guilt. Overall, the Earl Grey Tea Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves tea and wants to experience a new and unique cocktail.
The Canchanchara is a classic Cuban cocktail that has been around for ages and has stood the test of time. It is a refreshing and light cocktail that is perfect for quenching your thirst on a warm day or celebrating any occasion.
Made with white rum, honey syrup, and fresh lime juice, this cocktail strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart. It is also topped with club soda to add some fizz and make it even more refreshing. The Canchanchara is a must-try for anyone who loves honey cocktails or is looking for a new and exciting drink to add to their repertoire.
29. Honey Basil Whiskey Sour
The Honey Basil Whiskey Sour is a refreshing and boozy summer cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This cocktail is made with fragrant basil and a sweet hit of anise honey simple syrup that balances out the tartness of the lemon and the whiskey. It's a quick and easy cocktail that can be made in no time and is sure to impress your guests.
The Honey Basil Whiskey Sour is just one of the many delicious honey cocktails that you can try, but it's definitely one of the best. So, if you're looking for a new and exciting cocktail to try, give the Honey Basil Whiskey Sour a shot. You won't be disappointed!
30. The Perfect Mezcal Margarita
"The Perfect Mezcal Margarita" is a refreshing and perfectly balanced cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day. This cocktail recipe is a healthier alternative to traditional margaritas, as it uses homemade honey syrup instead of sugary mixes or simple syrup. The smokey mezcal is complemented perfectly by the honey flavor, making it a unique and delicious twist on the classic margarita.
The cocktail is best served in a frosty glass with a salted rim, and is shaken until ice cold for maximum refreshment. For those who like a bit of spice, adding fresh jalapeño slices can give the cocktail an extra kick. Overall, "The Perfect Mezcal Margarita" is a must-try for anyone looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail experience.