5 suggestions for using honey in cocktails

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Words: Matt Looker

One teaspoon of runny honey can change everything when it comes to cocktail making.

Recipients of our June Tipple Box will still be enjoying a literal honeymoon period thanks to the inclusion of a small pot of the golden sweet stuff.

Just one teaspoon of runny honey enriches our Merchant Of Milano tipple and can be used in a variety of ways to sweeten and enhance cocktails.

If there’s still some honey left in your pot, here are some other drinks you can make, inspired by the glorious nectar of bees.

Honey Caipirinha

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  • 2 shots Cachaca
  • 1 shot Homemade Honey Syrup (1:1)
  • 1 Lime (quartered)

Method: Muddle the limes together with the syrup, then top with crushed ice. Add the cachaca and more crushed ice.

Honeysuckle Daiquiri

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  • 2 shots White Rum
  • 1 shot Lemon Juice
  • 1 shot Orange Juice
  • 4 tsps Honey

Method: Stir the honey in the rum until it dissolves, then shake with the rest of the ingredients and ice. Fine-strain into a glass and garnish with a mint leaf.

Hot Toddy

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  • 2 shots Scotch Whisky
  • 1/2 shot Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 shot Sugar Syrup
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 3 dried Cloves
  • Boiling water to top up

Method: Put the honey in a cup and then add all the other ingredients, stirring until the honey dissolves. Add a slice of lemon and cinnamon stick to garnish.

Full Moon

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  • 2 shots Lemongrass and Ginger Vodka
  • 2 tsps Runny Honey
  • 1 shot Apple Juice
  • 1/2 shot Dry Vermouth

Method: Stir the honey with the vodka until completely dissolved then add ice and the other ingredients, shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a 'full moon' apple slice.

Honey Smoked Manhattan

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  • 2 1/2 shots Honey-infused Bourbon
  • 1 shot Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 shot Homemade Honey Syrup
  • 3 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 1/4 shot Ardberg 10-year Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Method: Pour the Ardberg in the glass and rinse, to give the drink a smokey Islay flavour. Drink any leftover amount, obviously, then stir the rest of the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass. Garnish with an orange twist. 


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