Technically Saturday: How to Make Honey Whiskey at Home!

How to Make Honey Whiskey at Home

For those who are a fan of flavored whiskey’s, cinnamon and honey are the two kings.  While cinnamon whiskey offers a great burn and burst of flavor, honey whiskey presents a smooth sweetness that is hard to beat.  In a previous post I discussed how to make your own fireball cinnamon whiskey, and now it is time to learn two ways to make your own honey whiskey.

Simple Honey Whiskey
  • American Whiskey (like Bourbon)
  • 1:1 Honey Syrup to taste

This is the simplest way to make a drink tasting like honey whiskey.  The best part is it is easy to mix to whatever sweetness, strength, and proof you prefer.  All you have to do is whip up a batch of Honey Syrup, which is made by heating one part honey and one part water in a small saucepan.  Let the syrup simmer, but not boil.  Once the honey has been mixed into the water, your syrup is complete.  Now all you have to do is add a bit of honey syrup to your whiskey, shake, and you’ve got your own simple honey whiskey anytime you want that sweet buzz advertised in the Jack Daniels Honey ads.

There is however a slightly more time intensive method for making honey whiskey.  Unlike the honey syrup which should be kept refrigerated, this method  will allow you to keep a bottle of honey whiskey on your shelf.

Infused Honey Whiskey
  • 665ml American Whiskey
  • 85ml Honey

For this method, you will not be making a syrup but rather an infusion.  You are going to need at least a week of infusion time before the whiskey will take on its new smooth, full bodied flavor, and may need up to a month to reach the exact taste you are looking for.  Make sure to store in a cool, dark environment and shake daily.  Unlike most infusions where the flavoring agent is eventually removed, in this case the honey will naturally make the whiskey sweeter, so it works in a similar manner to adding the simple syrup I used in the sweetened cinnamon whiskey recipe.  It will also lower the proof slightly to around 70 proof, the same proof as comparable honey whiskeys made by Evan Williams or Jack Daniels.  As to what whiskey you use, the sky is the limit, although I would recommend one of the top cheap bourbons in this list.  If you are in need of a good bottle for storage purposes, Ikea makes a great $4 bottle called the Korken that holds 1 liter.  Have fun experimenting and enjoy the smooth sippin’!

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2 comments on “Technically Saturday: How to Make Honey Whiskey at Home!
  1. Scott says:

    I’ve made the Fireball recipe and it is great. I have tried making the honey whiskey recipe and I keep getting this brownish sludge like stuff that continually settles to the bottom of the jar. Any suggestion as to what this may be? Or why I am getting it? I use clean equipment (jars and measuring cups…sanitized with Starsan). I’m afraid to drink this stuff.

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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