Bourbon Drinks Made with Honey

The Kentucky Derby is an annual tradition that just beckons you to enjoy bourbon drinks. While we all know that honey and bourbon go together like peanut butter and jelly, we’re offering other ideas to the mix to assist in your party planning during the Derby. Rich with tradition, the Derby wouldn’t be the same without a bourbon drink. These are our favorites: over the past few summers, we’ve played mixologist and whipped up a sweet little collection. And, we’re excited to share these drinks with you! If you are a traditional Derby drinker, we have your classic Mint Julep. But, if you are looking for something more adventurous we have you covered there too!

Mint Julep with Honey in silver cup on table

In honor of our Blossoms + Bourbon line, our team concocted a creative take on the Old Fashioned using our Eastern Shore Orange Blossom Honey. Bourbon drinks are made for a ‘Steel Magnolia’… a little sweet, a little bold, and a lot sassy. We call this drink Blossoms+Bourbon Cocktail and we encourage you to serve it with a honey bourbon lollipop garnish.

Our Blossoms and Bourbon Cocktail is made with fresh citrus juices and a drizzle of honey

Blossoms+Bourbon Cocktail

Orange blossom tipples are similar to the modern Screwdriver, but a little more special in our opinion. Our Bee-Inspired version takes the cake and is a perfect addition to brunches and weekend get-togethers.

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Classic Mint Julep Recipe for bourbon drinks made with honey

This Classic Mint Julep Recipe originated in the South. Originally known as “smashers,” juleps are muddled with mint and bourbon. These were traditionally a drink for the elite, due to the cost of alcohol and ice before electricity. 

Mint Julep with Honey in silver cup on table

Classic Mint Julep made with honey

I think of a Mint Julep drink, the next two words in my head are Kentucky Derby. This is a classic mint julep recipe but we've replaced processed sugar with honey. This adds to the depth of flavor!

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Honey and Bourbon Cocktail

We like to call this Honey and Bourbon Cocktail the “Boozy Bee,” with any of our soothing honey, smooth bourbon, vitamin C and a little rest work together to make you feel (almost) like new if you’re a little under the weather.

Butter Bean Honey posing with bourbon before it's added for Easy Cocktail Recipes

Honey and Bourbon

Maybe you have a little cold. Maybe you’re sick of the cold. Either or, this cocktail promises to warm you to the core as if you’re in the center of apiary in the middle of July. 

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Don’t forget the Eggnog!

While it’s true that eggnog is usually a holiday treat, it’s a bourbon drink nonetheless! Enjoy this dairy-free eggnog to warm you up on a cold winter night.

Eggnog served chilled in a glass sprinkled with cinnamon

Dairy Free Eggnog

This Dairy-Free Eggnog is made with Eastern Shore Honey. Here we offer the traditional recipe and the stovetop recipe if food-safety is of concern.

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Our Bourbon Honey Lollipops (or any of our honey lollipops, for that matter) make a wonderful and interesting garnish for bourbon drinks of all kinds.

bourbon and honey lollipops

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If you craft any of these bourbon drinks to celebrate the derby, share with us on Instagram! We love seeing your photos.

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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