Elevate Your Mixology With 6 Classy Honey Cocktails


By Cooking Panda

Why don’t you sweeten things up a little for Thirsty Thursday?

No, we’re not talking about dessert cocktails — although that’s hardly a bad idea if you’re craving something outrageous and rich.

But if you want to add a little bit of sweetness and a nice, subtle flavor to your cocktails, why not class it up by swapping out some of that overly processed white sugar for honey?

If you have a dry throat with this winter chill, are looking to lower your blood sugar while still enjoying life, or simply want to ramp up your antioxidant intake, look no further than a thick, syrupy drizzle of all-natural honey that we are happy to pretend counteracts any negative effects of drinking. Give it a try!

1. 53 for the S.P.

When you think of honey cocktails, bourbon might automatically pop into your head as the best match. Think again. Once you try this white rum, lime and bitters version, we think you’ll fall madly in love with honey cocktails.

2. Bee’s Knees

This classic, sweet and sour, botanical gin-based prohibition-era cocktail is the bee’s knees.

3. Gold Rush

If you like the look of the Bee’s Knees, but gin isn’t for you, consider swapping in some strong bourbon with a real bite that can stand up to the honey’s sweetness.

4. Spicy Honey Margarita

Don’t have access to spicy honey syrup? Make it yourself with honey, water and a bit of cayenne (or chop up some fresh or dried chilies to infuse it). Just keep in mind that the measurements might be a little different, so start with a conservative amount and taste as you go.

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5. Ruby Red and Rosemary Honey Cocktail

This tangy, herby cocktail is packed with flavor and serious OOMPH, but still manages to keep it light and refreshing. It’s the perfect strong, fruity cocktail for winter!

6. Spicy Honey Rye Cocktail


Mario Batali told us to make this, and we can’t turn him down. Bourbon and honey go together beautifully, but if you really want to elevate this lovely cocktail, use a nice rye and a floral honey that will play off each other’s more subtle botanical notes.

Featured Photo Credit: Cookie and Kate

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