Ginger Honey Simple Syrup

Honey Ginger DrinkThis is a guest post from my brother-in-law Adam. He is a food connoisseur and Vice President of Learning at Lobster Ink:

I wanted to make a refreshing and light summery mass cocktail for my housewarming BBQ in Brooklyn.  I decided on making a spiked ginger honey lemonade using my favorite honey.  On the day before the party I started by making a ginger simple syrup, I also froze three liter bottles of water.  I have a great samovar I got from a hotel sale, and about 20 minutes before my guests arrived i filled it with the lemonade (I usually make my own lemonade, but I was running late so I got a nice, not from concentrate fresh store brand), ginger-ale, Brighton honey ginger syrup and soda water.  You can adjust the soda water to find the sweetness that will work best for your guests.  I gave everything a good mix then added the frozen liter bottles of water to keep everything cool without watering it down. I served the cocktail over ice with a sprig of Rosemary, I had fresh mint and fresh rosemary so people could choose.  I also Left a jar of Brighton honey at the drinks making station so people could add it to any of the cocktails they were making.  It was a huge hit. The ginger and honey really elevated the flavor profile of the drink.

Boil one large knuckle of ginger in two cups of water till reduced by half.  Strain and add one cup honey and a tablespoon lemon juice.  Cover and chill overnight.
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1 gallon lemonade
1 liter ginger ale
1 liter soda water
1 cup Ginger honey simple syrup
1 bottle vodka (nothing too crazy good but not garbage either, I used Tito’s)
Fresh Rosemary and Mint as garnish options
Serve over ice garnished with fresh mint or rosemary.
Cheers and Enjoy!
Honey Ginger Drink Enjoy

Holiday Rum Balls Recipe with Honey

Holiday Honey Rum Balls

The holiday season is never complete without rum balls. This year we decided to modify the classic recipe with honey. The balls need to set a bit but an early sample seems successful!

Here is the recipe we used.

1 box finely crushed Vanilla wafers (11 oz box)
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans or about 4 oz (toasted)
¼ cup cocoa
½ cup rum
¼ cup honey

Use food processor to finely crush wafer and pecans. Crush pecans and wafers separately to visually control the crushing process in order to get a uniform product. Combine and mix well wafers, pecans, powdered sugar, cocoa powder and then add honey and rum. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll some in each of or your favorite of granulated sugar, cocoa powder, powdered sugar. Refrigerate in tightly covered container for several days to set.