Cocktails with Honey Syrup

Cocktails with Honey Syrup

  December 12, 2017

Swap out simple syrup for honey syrup

If you use simple syrup in your cocktails, you can replace it with honey syrup.  Honey syrup is roughly 3 parts honey to one part hot water, stir until honey is dissolved.  Some recipes call for equal parts honey and hot water.  I like the more robust flavor of the 3 to 1 ratio.  Replacing simple syrup with honey syrup offers you less calories, no refined sugar and a small amount of honey’s natural vitamins.  Honey syrup can also be used to sweeten ice tea, smoothies and more.

Popular cocktails using Honey Syrup

If you love Mojitos, you will adore them with Honey Syrup!

  • 1 ½ ounces Rum
  • 1 ½ ounces of Honey Syrup
  • 3 ounces of sparking water
  • Fresh Mint
  • Lime Juice

Mull the mint leaves in a tall glass (save one for a garnish), add remaining ingredients.

The Gold Rush

  • 1 ½ ounces of Bourbon
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce of Honey Syrup

Combine all ingredients into a glass with ice.

If you are a big bourbon fan, use our Bourbon Barrel Honey for your simple syrup.

The Bees Knees

  • 2 ounces of Gin
  • ¾ ounce of lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce of honey syrup

Put in a shaker with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

There are several variations of this fairly potent cocktail.  If you like your drinks a little sweeter, reduce the lemon juice to ½ ounce.  I have also seen some cocktail recipes add lavender blossoms to the honey syrup process to give the syrup a slightly different flavor. Seep dried lavender blossoms in hot water for a few minutes, whisk in the honey then strain into a bowl.

Not a Gin fan, replace it with Vodka, and you have a Wax Poetic invented at the Waldorf. has a delightful Bourbon Splash that contains apple cider and pomegranate juice.

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2oz apple cider
  • 1 ½ ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Splash of ginger beer

Add first 5 ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake it up.  Divide into 2 rocks glasses filled with ice and top off with ginger beer.  Toss in an apple slice for garnish.

Hot Honey Cocktails

Hot Whiskey

If you every find yourself in Ireland, visit Sean’s Bar in Athlone.  It is the oldest Pub in Ireland.  If you ask the bartender for a Hot Toddy, he will frown and tell you that the brits have it wrong.  What you want is a hot whiskey. Since that introduction, this has become a winter favorite or relief when a cold is brewing

  • 8-10 ounces of hot water (as if you were making tea)
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-2 ounces of whiskey

Poke the 2 cloves onto the lemon slice

Add all ingredients to a mug with the water being last.  Snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and enjoy.

Hot Toddy

  • Brewed hot tea
  • 1 table spoon of honey
  • ½ ounce of lemon juice
  • 1 ½ ounces of your favorite liquor: brandy, whiskey or rum

Coat the bottom of your mug with honey, add all ingredients and stir