Homemade Honey Whiskey

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails.

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

The cold weather is here, and I couldn’t be more excited.

It brings with it all the best things: snow, warm scarves, spiced lattes! It’s just the best. 

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

And along with all of that good stuff, cold weather also brings the worst thing: colds.

Whenever I’m sick, I am all about the at-home remedies.

Whether it’s a warm cup of tea or a hot toddy before bed, it’s always so nice to snuggle up with something warm.

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

I can definitely relate this back to my childhood.

Whenever I had a cold as kid, my mom used to serve me a very strict menu of saltine crackers, chicken noodle soup and some kind of Jell-O. Before bed, she would often make me a weak hot toddy.

She called it her ‘homemade cough syrup’ and it consisted of equal parts lemon juice, honey and whiskey.

Usually just a tablespoon of each was perfect for sipping on before falling asleep, to stave off the inevitable nighttime coughs.

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

To this day, I’ll still make myself something similar when I’m sick.

Maybe it’s just the nostalgia giving me a placebo effect, but it always seems to help a little!

Nowadays I’m into making my own homemade honey whiskey to keep on hand.

It means one less thing to measure out when it’s time for a hot toddy, but it’s also great in all kinds of cocktails.

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

How to make honey whiskey

The process is easy. It takes less than five minutes on the stove.

You’ll make “runny honey,” which is a simple syrup that uses honey, rather than sugar, for the sweetening agent.

Then combine the honey mixture with your choice of whiskey.

I store mine in a mason jar, but you can use a bottle or anything with a good seal.

And voilà! You’re all set with homemade honey whiskey (that is cheaper than just buying expensive honey whiskey at the liquor store, I might add).

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

What kind of whiskey should you use to make homemade honey whiskey?

Whatever spirit you have on hand is fine! I typically use bourbon, but you have options:

  • bourbon
  • Irish whiskey
  • Japanese whiskey
  • rye whiskey
  • scotch
  • brandy

All of them would all be fantastic for this honey whiskey liqueur.

If you’re unsure how a certain combination would taste, try mixing 1/2 ounce of the spirit with 1/2 ounce of honey just to see.

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

What kind of honey should you use to make homemade honey whiskey?

The best homemade remedies usually recommend local honey, but storebought is fine too. Just make sure it’s 100% honey and there’s no corn syrup or additives.

I usually use wildflower honey or orange blossom honey, but for some extra flavor, I think it would be amazing to try bourbon barrel-aged honey. I know that would add some complexity and depth to your homemade honey whiskey.

If yours has little crystals in it, you can follow this guide to decrystallizing honey. It’s totally fine to use!

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

What can you make with homemade honey whiskey?

All kinds of things! You can make a hot toddy, or use it in lieu of regular whiskey or bourbon in all kinds of recipes.

If you want simple, it’s great with lemonade, ginger ale or ginger beer.

Feeling fancy? Try it in a honey old-fashioned or a honey lemon whiskey sour.

If you have Irish whiskey, you can make this Irish whiskey honey mint julep (and skip the added honey, since the honey will be added already.)

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

What’s a hot toddy?

A hot toddy is a warm cocktail made of liquor — usually whiskey, bourbon, brandy or scotch, — a bit of water, honey, citrus and maybe some herbs and spices.

It’s served hot, preferably in an insulated mug that keeps your drink warm longer, and is a great choice for warming up in the winter months.

Try this clementine hot toddy or a pear hot toddy for something a little more non-traditional.

Cheers! //susannah

Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via feastandwest.com)

Homemade Honey Whiskey

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Homemade honey whiskey is the perfect sweet addition to tons of bourbon cocktails.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cups bourbon whiskey

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the water over medium heat. Before it comes to a boil, stir in the honey until evenly distributed. Let cool completely.
  2. Add whiskey to an airtight container. Stir in the honey syrup to taste. (You may not need all of the honey syrup.) Seal tightly.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

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    • Susannah says

      Hey Cyd! I would give it a shake and see if that doesn’t help it mix back together. If not, you could warm it (but don’t boil it or you’ll lose the alcohol content) and that should help remix the honey. Hope this helps and glad you love it! // susannah

  1. Dylan Moran says

    This is definitely an interest, renewing making my own honey whiskey tea, for a new addition to the whiskey drinks

  2. Robert ziegler says

    So tell me , since a cup is 8oz, with this recipe how did you get 20oz into a pint jar which is only 16 oz?

    • Susannah says

      Hey Robert, You can use as much or as little of the honey syrup as you like. I suggest tasting it with a spoon to make sure it tastes as you like. If you use it all, you are correct that you will likely need to use a bigger jar or bottle. Hope that helps!

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