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Honey Bee Spritz

Honey Bee Spritz, a twist on the classic rum cocktail
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  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 2-3 ounces light or white rum
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • 3 ounces club soda, chilled
  • 1 lemon wedge, for garnish
  • Ice

Chef notes

The Honey Bee is a classic rum cocktail, typically served up in a martini glass. It's sometimes called the Honeysuckle and, when topped with Champagne, it’s known as the Airmail. My version takes the sting out of the stronger martini-style sip by topping it off with club soda.

This recipe starts with a honey syrup that's similar to a simple syrup, but in place of the granulated sugar, we're using honey for a touch of sweetness.


In a cocktail shaker, add the honey and warm water and stir until honey is dissolved. Add the rum, lemon juice and ice. Shake until well mixed and chilled.

Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with the club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Enjoy!