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Celebrating Honey Month


Local honey is not only good for allergies and sore throats, but also for cocktails! Many people are familiar with simple syrup for cocktails (equal parts sugar and water mixed together) but there are many uses for less obvious syrups, such as honey or agave syrup.  These syrups are made the same way as simple syrup, dissolve one part honey (or agave) in one part hot water, and can be stored in your fridge for up to 10 days.  Since September is officially honey month, I am celebrating by whipping up some honey syrup and making a Honey Basil Deluxe.  This is perfect for using up some basil in the garden and still refreshing for these end of summer days.

Honey Basil Deluxe


  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 2 large sprigs Thai basil
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Clover honey syrup*
  • 2 oz Soda water


  1. In a pint glass, muddle the basil
  2. Add spirits & mixers (through honey syrup)
  3. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  4. Fine strain into an ice filled collins glass
  5. Top with soda water
  6. Garnish with a large basil sprig
  7. *To make honey syrup; combine equal party honey to heated water and stir until honey is dissolved, let cool

-Christina Shapalis, Retail & Marketing Assistant

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