Cool and refreshing, my Bourbon Honey Lemonade is what you need this evening. A summer porch sipper perfect for this August heatwave. Nothing like the sweetness of honey and the tart lemon to compliment the smoky ice-cold Bourbon. The only thing that Bourbon likes better than lemon and honey, is bitters. I add a splash of tonic water to the whiskey to add bubbles and to give a hint of bitter flavor to this refreshing cocktail.
Tonic Water in the Bourbon Honey Lemonade Gives it Bubbles!
I like to have a few bubbles in my Bourbon Honey Lemonade, and tonic water is the perfect addition. Why does tonic water go so well with Bourbon? Simple enough, it has a slightly bitter flavor.
Tonic water is not as concentrated as ‘bitters’ that are in many bourbon cocktails. However, it does have the same ability to highlight and enhance your favorite whiskey. At the same time bringing a nice refreshing fizz to this Bourbon Honey Lemonade that you want in a refreshing summery cocktail mixer without being sugary.
Bourbon and Honey
Bourbon and Honey are a great combination. I’m lucky to have a beekeeper on my street, so I know that some of that sweetness in this cocktail comes from the flowers in my own garden. When we drink this the honey bees always come to investigate. No sweetener is a better match with Bourbon than honey. Honey and whiskey was probably the first alcohol I ever had as a kid. A strong Hot Toddy was just the thing to knock out a cough and make a cold bearable. And I’m sure my parents were happy to have a little something to help knock me out for a while too! Haha.
This is my recipe for Bourbon Lemonade
Bourbon Honey Lemonade
- 4 Ounces Bourbon
- 1 Ounce Honey
- 1 Ounce Lemon Juice
- 6 Ounces Tonic Water
- Mint Sprigs
- Lemon Slices
- Combine lemon juice, honey, and Bourbon. Stir until well combined
- Pour mixture into a cocktail shaker over ice, shake until ice-cold
- Pour into a glass over ice and top it off with tonic water. Garnish with mint and lemon slices