Honey Lemon Vodka Cocktail

Honey Lemon Vodka Cocktail

This 'Bee Inspired' Eastern Shore Honey and Lemon Vodka Cocktail is known as The Stinger or the Eastern Shore Buzz. Start with your favorite vodka and add a little Eastern Shore Honey. Honey adds an all-natural sweetness and an impressive depth of flavor to your vodka cocktails. Since each honey tastes a little different based on what the bees pollinate, use your favorite! We suggest using Blackberry honey because it adds a fruity sweetness. On the Eastern Shore, we always try to make happy hour even more cheerful and experiment with different tastes.

Featuring only four ingredients, it's a breeze to whip up when guests drop in. We asked ourselves, "What's a great drink for the summertime?" Lemonade always comes to mind, but we wanted to give it more oomph. That's when we put on our mixologist hat and started crafting a lemon vodka cocktail that would be great for warm summer nights. We're busy people, so we kept this one simple (and clinked a toast after the shoot!). A candy rim adds drama and a sweet surprise!

This cocktail isn't quite a vodka lemonade.

It's a simple mixture of lemon juice, a shot of Tito's, and a drizzle of honey syrup for sweetness. No need for a super-sugary drink mix packed with artificial colors and flavors! It's sweet, but not too sweet, and just tart enough to be refreshing. Swirl your lemon vodka cocktail with a Honey Lollipop for a little more sweetness, if that's something that you like, or add a crushed lollipop rim.

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A crushed lollipop rim adds drama and fun.

We recommend making this drink fresh for the best flavor. Keep plenty of lemons on hand for when you have friends over and make a big batch for the occasion. The best citrus is Meyer lemons, which have a sweeter, less acidic profile than your regular California or Florida lemon. If you don't have Meyer lemons on hand, average California or Florida lemons will work just fine. Play with how much honey syrup you use to get just the right amount of sweetness.

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How to Make a Lemon Vodka Cocktail

Make Honey syrup

Squeeze lemon

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Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, syrup, lemon, and shake.

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Serve with a crushed honey lollipop rim or a lemon Honey Lollipop garnish for swirling fun

Spice up this Lemon Vodka Cocktail

If lemon cocktails aren't your thing, switch up your mixer and create something new! Any kind of citrus juice would be great in this cocktail, as would other summer fruits. Recipes are meant to be an inspiration. That’s the way we see it. Don’t feel like you have to make this Honey Vodka Cocktail exactly the way our recipe shows. Drinks are the perfect thing to experiment with based on your tastes. Try something different, or change it up based on the season. Here are some ideas in case you need a little boost with adapting this recipe: Pretend you're a mixologist and have fun with this cocktail. Here are some ideas:

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  • Try using grapefruit, blood orange, or navel orange juice.
  • Cucumber juice with seltzer would be a great mixer!
  • Be bold and add vanilla, black pepper, or a botanical infusion to your cocktail.
  • Add some blueberries or a combination of your favorite berries, and muddle them to add color and flavor.
  • Use a fruity-flavored vodka if you don’t like plain vodka. Choose a flavored vodka that pairs well with mint or the garnish of your choice.
  • Can you imagine making tea with dried lavender and adding it to the mixer? That would be so good!
  • Why not add a few slices of fresh sliced ginger to the mix?

If you’re in the mood to experiment with cocktail hour try this Blossoms+Bourbon Cocktail or these Honey Mojitos!

So there you have it, our delicious and refreshing summer cocktail, sure to please! We hope you'll try making it at home and enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers!