Beat the Heat with these Honey Sippers

Posted by National Honey Board on June 16, 2021

Between all of the sunshine and the record-breaking heat, there is no denying that summer is right around the corner. If you’re anything like us, you’re dreaming of hanging out poolside, firing up the grill, and reaching for your favorite summer beverages to help you beat the heat. This week, we’re going to share how honey takes your summer sips to the next level and six of our most delicious ways to stay cool when the day heats up!

In addition to being an emulsifier for summer marinades and dips, a humectant for baked goods, and an all-natural sweetener in many recipes, honey works in beverages in functional and unique ways. Whether you're mixing up cocktails for two or a refreshing lemonade for a crowd, honey adds depth to the most complex beverage recipes by balancing and enhancing flavor profiles of other ingredients. A great way to start incorporating honey into your favorite drinks is with our easy and delicious Honey Simple Syrup.

As its name suggests, our Honey Simple Syrup is a great base for any cocktail or mocktail, and couldn’t be easier to prepare. Simply heat 2 parts honey to 1 part hot water in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the mixture reaches a simmer. Remove from heat and cool. Store at room temperature or refrigerate as desired. This syrup lasts 4 weeks in the refrigerator, and is also a great way to play with varietals to add a honey’s subtle nuances to create flavors that complement other ingredients in your recipe (i.e. using cranberry honey as the star of our Blushing Bee cocktail).

Looking to change up your summer drink menu altogether? Well, we’ve you covered there too! Below are six made-with-honey sippers that we’ll be mixing up all summer long. So the next time you feel caught up in the clutches of summer, reach for a tall glass of something truly special.