Catch the Eastern Shore Buzz– The Bee Inspired Lemon Honey Vodka Cocktail

This Eastern Shore Honey Vodka Cocktail is also known as The Stinger. Start with your favorite vodka and add a little Eastern Shore Honey. Honey adds both an all-natural sweetness and an impressive depth of flavor to your vodka cocktails. Since each honey tastes a little different based on what the bees pollinate, use your favorite! We suggest using Blackberry honey because it adds a fruity sweetness. Or if you are not a sweet drinks person, use holly honey, which is milder in flavor and sweetness. On the Eastern Shore, we always try to make happy hour even more cheerful and experiment with different tastes.

Eastern Shore Buzz Lemon, Vodka and Honey drink

This Eastern Shore Buzz has only four ingredients (and that’s counting the water in the honey syrup), so it’s a breeze to whip up when you have guests drop in. We asked ourselves, “What’s a great drink for the summertime?” Lemonade is something that always comes to mind, but we wanted to give it a little more oomph. That’s when we put on our mixologist hat and started crafting a lemon vodka cocktail that would be great for warm summer nights. We’re busy people, so we kept this one simple (and clinked a toast after the shoot!)

This cocktail isn’t quite a vodka lemonade.

It’s a simple mixture of lemon juice, a shot of Tito’s, and a drizzle of honey syrup for sweetness. No need for a super-sugary drink mix, packed with artificial colors and flavors! It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and just tart enough to be refreshing. Swirl your lemon vodka cocktail with a Honey Lollipop for a little more sweetness, if that’s something that you like.

We recommend making this drink fresh for the best flavor. Keep plenty of lemons on hand for when you have friends over and make a big batch for the occasion. The best citrus to use is Meyer lemons, which have a sweeter, less acidic profile than your regular California or Florida lemon. If you don’t have Meyer lemons on hand, average California or Florida lemons will work just fine. Play with how much honey syrup you use to get just the right amount of sweetness.

Eastern Shore Honey Vodka Collins on table with blueberries and a jar of eastern shore honey on the porch table

Spice Up our Lemon Vodka Cocktail

If lemon cocktails aren’t quite your thing, switch up your mixer and create something new! Any kind of citrus juice would be great in this cocktail, as would other summer fruits. Recipes are meant to be an inspiration. That’s the way we see it. Don’t feel like you have to make this Honey Vodka Cocktail exactly the way our recipe shows. Drinks are the perfect thing to experiment with based on your tastes. Try something different, or change it up based on the season. Here are some ideas in case you need a little boost with adapting this recipe: Pretend you’re a mixologist and have fun with this cocktail. Here are some ideas:

  • Try using grapefruit, blood orange, or navel orange juice.
  • Cucumber juice with seltzer would be a great mixer!
  • Be bold and add vanilla, black pepper, or a botanical infusion to your cocktail.
  • Add some blueberries, or a combination of your favorite berries, and muddle them into the mix to add color and flavor.
  • Use a fruity flavored vodka, if you don’t like plain vodka. Choose a flavored vodka that pairs well with mint or the garnish of your choice.
  • Can you imagine making a tea with dried lavender and adding it to the mixer? That would be so good!
  • Why not add a few slices of fresh sliced ginger to the mix?

If you’re in the mood to experiment with cocktail hour try this Blossoms+Bourbon Cocktail or these Honey Mojitos!

If you decide to try this fantastic recipe, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Eastern Shore Buzz Lemon, Vodka and Honey drink on tray on doc on chesterhaven beach farm

Eastern Shore Buzz

Course: cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eastern shore buzz, honey and vodka, vodka drink
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 140kcal
Catch the Buzz. This simple lemon, honey, and vodka drink is sweet enough and refreshing. Perfect for summertime. Served with one of our honey lollipops it makes a great ice-breaker.

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  • 1 lemon fresh squeezed
  • 1 oz Vodka Tito's

Honey Syrup


  • Make Honey syrup
  • Squeeze lemon
  • Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, syrup, lemon, and shake
  • Serve with Honey Lollipop as a garnish



Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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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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