Honey & honey syrup

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Honey cocktails

Words by Simon Difford

Honey predates sugar as a sweetener and is a delicious alternative to sugar to balance citrus acidity in sour cocktails, particularly when flavoursome raw honey is used. Light honeys such as acacia and orange blossom, impart a very different flavour profile to heavier honeys such as heather. Honey varies as much in flavour as rum does.

Difford's Dozen Honey cocktails

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Anything Else
With: Light rum, Campari, lemon juice, honey water and IPA
We say: Zesty lemon, Campari and tangy IPA makes for a zippy, refreshing drink. A characterful IPA and nailing exactly the right amount of honey are key to this drink's success.

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Atholl Brose
With: Raw runny honey, scotch whisky, oatmeal water, Drambuie, amaretto and cream.
We say: Forget the porridge and kick start your day with an Atholl Brose.

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Bee's Knees
With: Lemon juice, orange juice, honey and gin.
We say: The combination of honey and lemon suggests flu relief but don't wait for an ailment before trying this soothing concoction.

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Bucket List
With: Vodka, génépi liqueur, lemon juice and honey.
We say: Floral, honeyed, herbal and vodka laced.

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With: Lime juice, honey, water and rum.
We say: Your choice of honey and indeed rum will greatly affect the flavour, and indeed the success of the finished cocktail.

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Gold Rush
With: Bourbon, lemon juice and honey.
We say: A Whiskey Sour made with honey in place of sugar.

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Honeysuckle Daiquiri
With: Lemon juice, orange juice, honey and light rum.
We say: A Daiquiri made with flavoursome honey in place of sugar, or a Bee's Knees with rum in place of gin. However you view this, its damn tasty.

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With: Vanilla infused light rum, mead, pineapple juice, honey and vanilla bitters
We say: Ripe pineapple, rich vanilla and honey laced with rum.

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Strawberry Fields
With: Strawberries, vodka, lemon juice, honey and egg white.
We say: This refreshing vodka-based strawberry cocktail balances tart lemon juice with rich honey. Drops of balsamic and a dusting of black pepper add complexity.

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The Business
With: Gin, honey water and lime juice.
We say: A riff on a classic Bee's Knees with lime juice. It's snappier with lime instead of lemon.

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The Savelberg
With: Genever, eau de vie, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, honey and lemon juice.
We say: Boozy with bready genever, pear, citrus and faint rich honey.

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Three Dots and a dash
With: Rhum agricole, Caribbean blended rum, falernum, lime juice, orange juice, honey, Angostura Bitters and pimento dram.
We say: Rhum Agricole and Allspice Dram play a huge role in what is one of the most complex of all classic Tiki drinks.

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With: Cognac, honey and cream.
We say: Cognac is smoothed with honey and softened with milk and cream in this classic cocktail.