As a bartender, I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to spice up my cocktail menu.
And lately, there's been one ingredient that's been catching my attention: hot honey.
If you're not familiar with hot honey, it's exactly what it sounds like: honey that's been infused with spicy peppers, giving it a sweet and spicy kick that's perfect for adding some heat to your cocktails.
And while it might not be the first ingredient you think of when it comes to creating cocktails, it's definitely one that's worth exploring.
One of the things I love about hot honey is its versatility. It can be used in a variety of different cocktails, from sweet and fruity to spicy and savory.
And because it's such a unique ingredient, it's a great way to add some flair to your cocktail menu and stand out from the crowd.
So if you're looking for some inspiration for your next cocktail creation, look no further than hot honey.
In this post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite hot honey cocktail recipes that are sure to impress your guests and have them coming back for more. So grab a bottle of hot honey and let's get mixing!
1. Hot Honey Mojito
The Hot Honey Mojito is a refreshing and spicy twist on the classic mojito cocktail. This mocktail version is perfect for those looking for a non-alcoholic option, but can easily be transformed into a cocktail with the addition of white, dark, or spiced rum. The jalapeño hot honey simple syrup adds a sweet and spicy kick to the drink, making it a perfect winter warmer.
This cocktail is part of a larger trend of hot honey cocktails and can also be used in a variety of other recipes, such as glazes and sauces. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful drink to try this winter, the Hot Honey Mojito is definitely worth a taste.
2. Hot Honey Margarita
The Hot Honey Margarita is a spicy twist on the classic margarita that will leave you wanting more. This trendy cocktail uses hot honey as a sweet and spicy alternative to traditional sweeteners, adding a fiery kick to the smooth and refreshing drink. Made with top-shelf tequila, fresh lime juice, and orange liqueur, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors.
The chili-salt rim adds a nice touch to the presentation, while the lime wedge garnish complements the lime juice in the drink. If you're a fan of margaritas and looking for something with a little extra kick, the Hot Honey Margarita is definitely worth a try.
3. Homemade Honey Whiskey
The Homemade Honey Whiskey is a versatile liqueur that can be used in a variety of cocktails, including the Hot Honey Cocktail. This homemade version is easy to make and tastes better than store-bought honey whiskey. The recipe calls for honey and whiskey, and you can use any type of whiskey you have on hand.
The honey adds a touch of sweetness to the whiskey, making it perfect for use in hot toddies or other winter cocktails. With its warm and comforting flavor, the Homemade Honey Whiskey is sure to be a hit at any gathering.
4. Bourbon and Hot Honey Cocktail
The Bourbon and Hot Honey Cocktail is a fiery twist on a classic cocktail, perfect for those who like a little bit of heat with their booze. This cocktail swaps out regular honey for a spicy hot honey and adds bourbon spiked cherries for an extra kick.
The result is a deliciously boozy and fruity drink that is sure to warm you up from the inside out. If you're looking for a cocktail that packs a punch, this is definitely one to try.
5. Hot Honey Blackberry Margarita
The Hot Honey Blackberry Margarita is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves a little heat in their drink. Made with a homemade hot honey syrup and fresh blackberries, this spicy twist on a classic Margarita is sure to impress.
The reposado tequila adds a depth of flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the honey and the tartness of the lime juice. Whether you're a fan of spicy cocktails or just looking to try something new, the Hot Honey Blackberry Margarita is a delicious choice.
6. Bourbon Hot Honey
The Bourbon Hot Honey is a sweet and spicy cocktail infused with chiles and bourbon. It's versatile and can be paired with a variety of foods like cornbread, fried chicken, pizza, and cheeseboards.
It's easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for up to three months. The unique and flavorful taste makes it a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves a little bit of spice in their drink.
7. Hot Honey Hot Toddy
The Hot Honey Hot Toddy is a spicy twist on the classic hot toddy cocktail. Made with whiskey, lemon juice, and hot honey, it's the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold winter night.
The addition of hot honey adds a sweet and spicy kick to the already comforting cocktail. If you're looking for a new winter drink to cozy up with, the Hot Honey Hot Toddy is definitely worth a try.
8. Hot Milk and Rum With Honey and Turmeric
Looking for a warm and comforting cocktail to enjoy during the fall season? Look no further than the Hot Milk and Rum With Honey and Turmeric. This cocktail is a twist on the classic hot milk and honey beverage, with the addition of turmeric and a splash of rum for an extra kick.
The turmeric adds a health boost to the drink, while the rum provides a warm and cozy feeling. This cocktail is perfect for chilly autumn days or when you're feeling under the weather. Try it out and experience the comforting and soothing effects of this delicious cocktail.
9. Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail
The Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and flavorful drink. This mocktail has a perfect balance of tartness from the lemon and sweetness from the hot honey, with a hint of heat that adds an extra kick. The addition of fizz makes it even more refreshing and celebratory.
The sparkle lemon ice cubes add a fun and fancy touch to the drink, making it perfect for any occasion. The recipe is vegan-friendly and can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd. Overall, the Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail is a delicious and impressive drink that is sure to impress your guests.
10. Gin Hot Toddy
The Gin Hot Toddy is a unique twist on the classic hot toddy recipe, featuring the flavors of Northern Ireland's craft gin. This cocktail is perfect for cold weather and soothing a stuffy nose. Instead of lemon, the Gin Hot Toddy uses orange and cinnamon to enhance the botanicals in the gin, while honey adds a touch of sweetness.
The Rademon Estate Distillery, where this gin is made, is a beautiful place in the countryside and was even used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. If you're looking for a comforting and flavorful cocktail to warm you up this winter, the Gin Hot Toddy is definitely worth a try.
11. Classic Hot Grog
The Classic Hot Grog is a timeless and effective remedy for cold and flu symptoms. Originating from the time of pirates and sailors, this hot drink is made with spices such as cloves or star anise, lemon juice, and honey. The combination of honey and lemon provides antibacterial and antiseptic properties, while the spices add a comforting and warming touch.
This cocktail is perfect for soothing sore throats and relieving congestion. It can also be spiked with your favorite alcohol, such as gin, rum, or whiskey, for a nightcap. If you're looking for a classic and effective hot cocktail to warm you up and soothe your cold symptoms, the Classic Hot Grog is a must-try.
12. Conifer Hot Toddy With Rose Hips and Ginger
The Conifer Hot Toddy with Rose Hips and Ginger is a unique and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for those who enjoy foraged ingredients. This warm and delicious drink is made with conifer needles, rose hips, cinnamon stick, ginger, honey, and whiskey or bourbon.
The combination of these ingredients creates a wonderful flavor profile that is both sweet and spicy, with just a touch of acidity. This cocktail is perfect for a cold winter day or when you need a warm and comforting drink to soothe your soul. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail to try, the Conifer Hot Toddy with Rose Hips and Ginger is definitely worth a try.
13. Sweet Tea Hot Toddy
The Sweet Tea Hot Toddy is a delightful southern twist on the classic hot toddy. This cocktail is perfect for those who love the taste of sweet tea and bourbon. The recipe is simple and easy to make, using Red Diamond Ready-to-Drink Sweet Tea as a base.
The addition of honey, lemon, and cinnamon adds a warm and cozy flavor to the drink. The bourbon gives it a nice kick, making it perfect for sipping on a cold winter night. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves the taste of sweet tea and bourbon.