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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Honey Refreshers from the National Honey Board

Refreshing Summer Cocktails 

June, 2011
School is out, grills are sizzling, sprinklers are running full tilt and gardens are in full bloom. Ah yes, the sights and sounds of summer! Often during these hot summer months, we find ourselves parched, but sometimes we are at a loss for creative, delicious summertime drinks to quench our thirst.

Well, look no further! If you’re having a summer party and need to find some refreshing beverages to put on the menu, you’ve come to the right place. Here we have a slew of tasty concoctions fit for any warm-weather bash. From sweet and fruity to punchy and savory, these hand-picked refreshing summer cocktails are easy to make and doubly easy to enjoy!
*Find more cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages at
Bee's Knees Cocktail
From Chef Ricardo Zárate (makes 1 drink)
Bee's Knees Cocktail

  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 jigger gin
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

Note: The orange juice is optional. Bars in Los Angeles and New York that serve the Bee’s Knees omit it.

Combine all the ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into a glass.

Note: When made as directed, the honey often forms into a giant ball in the middle of the shaker. To avoid this, combine three parts honey to one part hot water and stir together until completely mixed, then continue with the recipe.

Honey Mango Margarita
(makes 1 beverage)
Honey Mango Margarita

  • 1-1/4 oz. gold tequila
  • 2 oz. margarita mix
  • 1/2 fresh ripe mango**
  • 2 oz. Honey Simple Syrup
  • 1 scoop crushed ice

Sugar rim glass. Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. **1 oz. Monin Mango Syrup can be substituted for fresh mango

Honey Simple Syrup: Mix 4 parts honey to 1 part hot water in a store n pour*. *Or alternatively use a covered container that is convenient to pour from

Honey Mint Juleps
(makes 14 servings)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups mint leaves
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3-1/2 cups bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish
In small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add mint leaves; stir until wilted. Add honey; stir until dissolved. Let mixture stand until cool; strain and discard mint. For each julep, combine 1/4 cup bourbon with 2 Tbsp. honey mint syrup. Pour bourbon mixture over crushed ice in frosted tumbler or tall glass. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Mandarin Blossom(makes 1 beverage)
Mandarin Blossom

  • 1 oz. Honey Simple Syrup
  • 3 oz. fresh sour
  • 1-1/2 oz. Absolut mandarin
  • 2 Tablespoons egg white, for froth

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a cinnamon-sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist. Cinnamon sugar is a blend of super fine sugar and just enough cinnamon to give a light brown color.

Honey Simple Syrup: Mix 4 parts honey to 1 part hot water in a store n pour*. *Or alternatively use a covered container that is convenient to pour from.

I hope you'll try one of these and if you don't like honey, it would probably work with corn syrup. I may be off line for a couple of days. We're having a big Apartment Inspection coming up tomorrow and Friday and that always wears me out!
Have a great week!


Beansieleigh said...

Hi Doris! The Mandarin Blossom is sounding pretty good to me!.. I like honey.. LOVE it in my tea. But I tend to back away lately when I see the price sticker. When you're trying to keep your weekly budget down, every little bit adds up and counts. I'll have to keep my eye open for sales... That or just splurge one of these days, right?! Hope you and Gizzy are keeping cool. The heat has been miserable here, the last couple of days, but I hear we're dropping down to 60s tomorrow! Hooray!!! I'm gonna bake and bake and bake while I have the opportunity to! ~tina

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Those look amazing! I made my honey cake last night - actually 4 minis for Pierce's four preschool teachers :-)

Ginny said...

These look so refreshing and delightful!! Do you have a favorite honey?

Karin said...

These recipes look absolutely delicious! Right now I'm enjoying a hot drink, Lemon Balm and Honey tea, laced with Apple Cider Vinegar and a little extra honey.

Silke said...

Ahhhh, just what I need for those long summer months we have ahead of us. 87 here today and getting hotter... Hope you and Gizzy are doing well!! Love, Silke

sprinkles said...

I'm not a big fan of honey but these recipes all sound delightful! Maybe because they all contain alcohol? lol

Ann said...

I think they all sound very good. I could go for one of those bees knees right now :)

Chatty Crone said...

Hey - I like the way you are thinking girlfriend!

The Mandarin Blossom sounds delish.

The heat is terrible here too.

pinkpaillette said...

Die sehen alle so toll aus. Vielleicht gönne ich mir heute abend so einen Drink;-)
Liebe Grüsse aus Zürich, colette

*Ulrike* said...

So funny seeing all of these refreshers made from honey as we are spinning the last of our honey tonight which is why I'm up late blogging! So far we have 10 1/2pint cases of honey! I'll definitely be trying one of these recipes with all of this heat going on. Stay cool!

Mausie1 said...

Cool recipe..........Love margarita's..Have a wonderful day .Hugs Birgit

DaCraftyLady said...

oh these are perfect for my upcoming get together on the patio...I love the Margarita one...thanks for all the great ideas on refreshing drinks...Debb

stitches from wales said...

I dont really like honey but have lots of mint in my gardenso might well try that one. thanks for leaving a comment on my page about the horse fly bite. It's still very red and hot but not as swollen. A lady in the chemist shop today told me to try putting vinegar on it to stop the irritation that's started today. Yes thank goodness I can still crochet!!!I had quite a few of these last year and they just seem to get me on a certain walk so I will beavoiding that for a while. Love your little dog!!! xx
ps do you have a recipe for a mint julep??? I'm sure that is an American drink. Are you anywhere near Stone Mountain GA? I've been there and loved it, also Savannah, oh boy that was lovely too. xx

Janine said...

Hmmm, das ist die richtigr Jahreszeit um draussen im Garten zu sitzen und einen schönen Sundowner zu trinken.

Mindy said...

Best of luck with the inspection!

Julia said...

We're having a party next week and I think I'm going to have to make one of those drinks! YUMMY! Thanks Dorris.

Marion said...

Liebe Doris,

das sieht soooo lecker aus...ganz wunderbare Rezepte, die sollte ich alle mal ausprobieren (aber nicht an einem Tag, hihihihi)...

Vielen lieben Dank auf für Deinen Kommentar auf meinem Blog, ich bin jetzt am überlegen ob ich die Tasche mit Stoff auskleide damit es nicht so ausleiert. Allerdings bin ich keine begnadete "Näherin", ich werde also sehen wie ich das anstelle. Im Moment habe ich noch immer so wenig Zeit für mich selbst das ich überhaupt nicht zum kommentieren auf den Blogs komme, ich hoffe es ist okay das ich erst jetzt geantwortet habe.

Sei ganz, ganz herzlich aus der Ferne gegrüßt und gib Gizzy einen dicken Kuss von mir!!!

Ein wunderschönes Wochenende mit ganz viel Zeit für schöne Spaziergänge wünscht Euch,