Bourbon Drinks Made with Honey

The Kentucky Derby is many things to many people. To some it’s a horse race of historical proportions, to others it’s an annual tradition that beckons all 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 Kentucky Derby wouldn’t be the same without a bourbon drink. These are our favorites: we’ve played mixologist and whipped up a lovely little collection over the past few summers. 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!

In town? Try Kara’s Old Fashioned at the Tillery

This cocktail is every bit as much a show as it is libation. Enjoy this drink while watching the Derby at the Marriot Hotel. They serve this special cocktail under a layer of smoke and accompanied by our handmade Bourbon Lollipop.

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, 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.

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 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. 

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.

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

bourbon and honey lollipops

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