Honey is a delicious all-natural sweetener for cocktails. Want to make your drinks extra fancy? Try a little honeycomb as a garnish, as shown below
1. Honey Raspberry Orange Champagne Cocktails
This recipe comes from Eat Love Namaste and is festive, fruity, and delightful for a celebration
RASPBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP:
½ cup Raspberry Blossom Honey
½ cup raspberries fresh or frozen
½ cup orange juice
In a small saucepan, simmer orange juice with the raspberries and honey until the raspberries start to fall apart and release their juice.Strain and discard broken down raspberries. Cool for about 1 hour before using.
TO SERVE: A bottle of Prosecco or Sparkling wine. 2 oz of Raspberry Simple Syrup
Add 2 oz of the Raspberry Simple Syrup to a flute or glass, and fill the rest with bubbly.
2. The Bees Knees
This prohibition-era cocktail combines lemon, honey and gin.
Honey simple syrup - heat 1/4 cup Gees Bees Wildflower Honey and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan until dissolved. Let cool
Ice cubes, for shaker
2 ounces good-quality gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon or lime juice
3/4 oz honey simple syrup
Lemon twist, for garnish
3. Pomegranate Cider Bourbon Splash
This recipe from the U.S. National Honey Board combines honey, bourbon, apple cider, pomegranate juice and a splash of ginger beer
YIELD: Makes 2 cocktails
INGREDIENTS 2 oz. - bourbon
2 oz. - apple cider
1 1/2 oz. - pomegranate juice
2 tsp. - lemon juice
1 tsp. - Blueberry Blossom Honey
splash of ginger beer
DIRECTIONS Add the first 5 ingredients to the cup of a cocktail shaker along with some ice. Give the mixture a few vigorous shakes. Divide the mixture between two rocks (or scotch) glasses filled with ice. Top with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with a wedge of lemon.
4. Mulled Wine
We always enjoy mulled wine on Christmas Eve. While it simmers, it fills our house with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
Start with a robust red wine, using one you would enjoy drinking on its own.
For a sweet mulled wine, add about 3/4 of a cup of Gees Bees Wildflower Honey, and 3/4 of a cup of water, for every 750 ml bottle of wine. If you would like it less sweet, cut the honey back to half a cup.
Add a cinnamon stick or two. Other great spices for mulled wine include cloves, whole cardamom pods, star anise, strips of orange zest.
We add orange slices to our mulled wine, but you can also improvise with other fruit like cranberries, raisins, or apple slices
This fancy festive fizzy cocktail from the LCBO combines honey, vodka, lime, and ginger ale.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 oz vodka, ½ oz lime juice, ½ oz honey syrup (recipe below). Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with 1 to 2 oz chilled ginger ale and garnish with a sprig of fresh cilantro.
Honey Syrup: Add ½ oz hot or boiling water to 3 oz honey. Stir to mix. This thins the honey out so that it easily mixes into the drink.
Makes 1 drink
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This recipe calls for honey-ginger syrup:
Combine 1/2 cup wildflower honey, 1 3-inch piece of peeled and thinly sliced ginger and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to steep overnight. Strain with a cheesecloth.