Much more complex in flavor than the more commonly used simple syrup, honey carries its weight in a cocktail as a thickener, not to mention as an ingredient in its own right: The nectar’s sweet, earthy taste is a natural anchor for a drink’s other components. Sharp flavors are balanced, while subtleties are bolstered.
And lately, cocktail honey isn’t just honey—it’s being touched with heat from serrano or jalapeño peppers, with herbal flavors like kaffir and lemongrass, and with spices such as turmeric. When infused or blended with other flavors, honey goes from ordinary to extraordinary, creating interesting and multilayered cocktails. Here are a few of our favorites.