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10 Best Honey Cocktails to Get You Buzzed

Treat yourself to something unique with the tasty honey cocktails!

They’re wonderfully boozy, deliciously sweet, and perfect for the summer!

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Honey Cocktails & Drink Recipes

When you think of honey cocktails, I bet you imagine something super sweet, right?

And to be fair, they are sweeter than those without. But that doesn’t mean they’re overly sugary!

In fact, some of these alcoholic honey drinks aren’t that sweet at all.

Instead, the honey just balances the sour notes to make the drink more smooth.

Don’t believe me? Then let’s check out ten of my faves!

1. Bee’s Knees Cocktail

The Bee’s Knees cocktail is a summery drink with a sunshine yellowy-orange color and a bright, lemony taste. 

It’s easy to make and looks super elegant with a simple lemon twist. 

The honey adds a subtle sweetness, keeping the citrus from being too strong. And the gin offers pleasant botanical notes to boot. Yum!

Ingredients: honey syrup, lemon juice, gin, lemon twist (for garnish)

2. Gold Rush Cocktail

The Gold Rush uses the same recipe as the Bee’s Knees cocktail, with one crucial difference: you’ll use bourbon instead of gin. 

Doing so gives it a deeper, richer, smokier flavor. Plus, the bourbon’s sweetness complements the honey beautifully.

(Feel free to use whiskey if you prefer!)

It’s almost medicinal, and if you warm it up, it’ll be a terrific winter drink.

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Ingredients: bourbon lemon, juice, honey syrup, ice

3. Spicy Bee’s Knees

Yes, it’s another Bee’s Knees cocktail.

In fact, I could probably fill up this entire list with nothing but variations on the classic honey cocktail.

I won’t, of course. But I love the spicy Bee’s Knees so much, I just had to add it.

It’s got gin in the mix, so it has plenty of herbal notes. But you’ll use hot honey instead of regular for a real kick of warmth.

Ingredients: hot honey syrup, gin, lemon juice, ice, chili pepper & lemon slice (for garnish)

4. Tequila Honey Bee

Even though this recipe calls for honey and lemon juice, it’s nothing like the Bee’s Knees cocktail recipes above.

For one thing, you’ll use tequila and mezcal for a really stunning depth of flavor.

Plus, there’s Angostura bitters in the mix too. That gives you notes of spice to bring out the citrus. Delish!

Ingredients: mezcal, reposado tequila, honey syrup, lemon juice, Angostura bitters, lemon peel (for garnish)

5. Honey-Rose Old-Fashioned

This delicate, three-ingredient cocktail adds an aromatic, floral-like spin to the traditional Old Fashioned.

And after one sip, your friends will think you’ve become a bartender.

Between the apple bitters, the rose-honey syrup, and the bourbon, it’s pretty special.

And if you add the dried rose petals, it’s also pretty…well, pretty!

Ingredients: rose-honey syrup, bourbon, apple bitters, orange peel & rose petals for garnish)

6. Honey Lime Margarita

This isn’t the frozen cocktail you’re used to. Instead, it’s a honey-infused margarita with lots of ice, but no slush.

It’s mixed in a cocktail shaker and served on the rocks. And instead of Cointreau or Triple Sec for sweetness, you’ll add honey.

Ingredients: silver tequila, lime juice, honey, lime wedges, salt, ice

7. Honey Mojitos

Mojitos are fun summery drinks pretty much everyone can get behind.

The mix of white rum and mint is so refreshing. And whether you like them zippy, fruity, or bubbly, they’re always a hit.

As you might’ve guessed, this is more or less a basic mojito with honey.

But since most mojitos (and most cocktails, for that matter) use simple syrup, it won’t change the sweetness too much.

Ingredients: mint leaves, lime wedges, mint + honey simple syrup, ice cubes, white rum, club soda

8. Honey Martini

This super simple three-ingredient drink combines vodka with citrus and honey.

So it’s like a sweeter version of the classic Lemon Drop martini.

To get the most out of this effortless drink, be sure to use decent vodka and good-quality honey.

Then, shake it with loads of ice until it’s chilled.

Ingredients: vodka, lemon juice, honey

9. Honey Bourbon Sangria

I have a sangria recipe for every season. And if you need a new one for fall, this honey and bourbon mix has you covered. 

It’s a strikingly gorgeous yellow color, and the star fruit garnishes look amazing.

And yes, at first glance, the ingredients list appears long. But it only takes ten minutes to put together, and you can easily make enough for a crowd.

Ingredients: orange juice, orange and lemon zest, lemon juice, water, brown sugar, ginger paste, chai tea, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, honey bourbon or whiskey (I like Honey Jack Daniels), Moscato, and orange bitters. 

10. Penicillin Cocktail Recipe

I know a Penicillin cocktail may not sound too appealing, but I promise you’ll love it.

First made in Milk & Honey in New York City, it’s the perfect mix of warming scotch, sweet honey, spicy ginger, and zippy lemon juice.

If you like a classic whiskey sour, I think you’ll really enjoy this awesome spin on the recipe.

Ingredients: blended scotch, lemon juice, honey syrup, ginger syrup, single malt scotch, ice, candied ginger (for garnish)

10 Best Honey Cocktails

Treat yourself to something unique with these tasty honey cocktails! They’re wonderfully boozy, deliciously sweet, and perfect for the summer!


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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