Episode #074 – Honey Cocktails and Liqueurs

Oh, Honey! Mead, Drambuie, and Other Honey Cocktails

There are over 300 varietals of honey in the United States alone—each with their own characteristics and flavors.

Check out MrBoston.Com for lots of Honey Cocktails!


A Cure for What Ails You (from CHILLED Magazine)

  • 2 ½ oz. Mead
  • 1 ½ oz. Ginger Beer
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Peel

Method: Add the mead and lemon juice into a shaker and give a good shake with ice. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer. Take the peel of a lemon and run it across the rim before dropping it in. Simple, right?


The ol’ reliable “Rusty Nail” (50-50 Scotch & Drambuie) is a great drink, but try a Cactus bite for a whole new experience.

Cactus Bite:

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker and get extra, extra cold. Like, shake it until the shaker is frosty and kinda really cold to the touch. Then strain and pour into an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with a lemon wedge. While most cocktails should never utilize a straw, this one could work with one. We suggest buying reusable metal straws which are both badass and so that you don’t hurt the sea turtles (but seriously, thrown-away plastic straws are bad news for sea turtles and sea turtles are kinda rad, so let’s not hurt them).

Honey Syrup:

1:1 Honey to Water in a saucepan over medium heat to make; Recommend honey from Clover, Wildflower, Sage, and Orange Blossom (or Avocado Honey if you’re feeling something more savory, or Fireweed Honey if you can find it!)

Penicillin Cocktail (from Sam Ross)

  • 2 oz. of a good blended Scotch, like Famous Grouse
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. honey syrup (see above recipe)
  • ¼ oz. Islay (eye-LAH) Scotch, like Laphroaig 10 or Lagavulin 16 if you ballin’
  • 2-3 quarter-size slices fresh ginger

Method: Muddle fresh ginger in a shaker with a little honey syrup, and then add the rest of the ingredients except for the Scotch. Shake that up. Then double-strain and pour into an Old Fashioned glass with ice, and then, over the back of a bar spoon, pour in the Scotch to create a float. Garnish with the candied ginger if you got it, and marvel at your creation.

El Oso (from Mr. Boston)

  • 1 ¾ oz. Anejo Tequila
  • ¾ oz. Barenjager (or other honey liqueur)
  • ½ oz. Luxardo (or other Marischino liqueur)
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas own Decanter Bitters

Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Served up.

No Me Importa (a Speaking Easy Podcast adaptation)

  • 1 ½ oz. Repasado Tequila
  • 1 oz. Barenjager (or other honey liqueur)
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 dashes allspice dram (we used Cotton & Reed)

Method: Combine ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty. Strain either onto one large cube in an Old Fashioned glass, or up into a chilled coupe.

No. 8 Cocktail (another recipe from Mr. Boston)

  • 2 oz. Repasado Tequila
  • 1½ oz. Barenjager (or other honey liqueur)
  • ¾ oz. Oloroso Sherry
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain  up into a chilled coupe.


Also, our friends at Cardinal Spirits just started making a Honey Schnapps, which should be well-worth checking out!