This is a guest post from my brother-in-law, Adam. He is a food connoisseur and Director of Training, Talent, and Community Partnership at Levy Restaurants:
I wanted to make a refreshing and light summery mass cocktail for my housewarming BBQ in Brooklyn. I decided on making a spiked honey ginger 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.