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How to Make Honey Liqueur

How to Make Honey Liqueur

There are a wide variety of honey liqueurs, and often they are also made with herbs and spices. However, because there is also a wide variety of honey it’s possible to make batches of honey liqueur that all taste completely different.

It’s very easy to make your own honey liqueur. All you have to do is heat the honey with some water and then mix it with vodka. The flavors integrate better when left overnight, but if you’re truly impatient you can use it right away. Here’s my favourite honey liqueur recipe:


Honey Liqueur recipe

700ml vodka
500g honey
8 cloves
2 tsp vanilla
1 Lemon zest
1 Orange zest
A pinch cinnamon

Heat a little vodka in a pot and add a little honey so that the bottom is covered. Wait for the honey to dissolve while constantly stirring. Then add all the spices and lemon and orange zest except for the vanilla. Then continue to fill with honey and vodka until everything is in the pot. Stir constantly and ensure that the honey melts – but doesn’t boil.  Finally, add the vanilla and take it off the heat. Put the lid on the pot and let it steep for 2 hours.

If you’re not up for this challenge, then try Lourensford Honey Liqueur

Lourensford Honey Liquer is crafted from the purest, top quality Bluegum (Eucalyptus) honey. It is commonly known that the best honey is made from Bluegum trees, of which there are over a thousand species worldwide. Three of these species, however, are associated with honey that is absolutely superb. One of these unique species of Bluegum is found on our beautiful Lourensford Estate. It is from these special trees that our bees meticulously gather succulent nectar to make the truly superior honey which are used for our honey liqueur. This liqueur therefore captures the essence and unique biodiversity of Lourensford in a bottle, making it the only Estate honey liqueur in the world.

Technical notes

Lourensford Honey Liquer has a distinguishable honey aroma that follows through on the pallet with a pleasantly dry, but lingering aftertaste. It is non-vintage product with an alcohol content of 24% and has a shelf life of more than 25 years. It will also keep for months after opening. Our honey liqueur is unfiltered ad contains no additives or preservatives and thus embodies the essence of natural purity and health benefits which is known for.

Food pairing

Enjoy Lourensford Honey Liqueur well-chilled over crushed ice or over your favourite ice cream or dessert. It is a great cooking companion and a dash will spice up your cup of tea. It is also the perfect base for interesting mixers, cocktails and smoothies. This unique product can also be used in delicious pudding and tart recipes. Visit our website for more delectable recipes.

Lourensford Honey Liqueur is skillfully blended with pure honey from beehives on our estate

Made by happy bees, it is a delicious, decadent and unique cocktail ingredient.

Honey Buchu cocktail

10 buchu leaves
2 tots(shots) Honey liqueur
1/2 slice of lemon
Lime for garnish
200ml tonic water

Muddle ingredients in the bottom of a glass, add ice and top up with tonic water. Garnish with lime.

Tip: Store your honey liqueur in the freezer

Visit Lourensford.co.za for our Honey Badger, Queen Bee and Beekeeper’s Sting honey liqueur cocktail recipes

Other ways to use honey liqueur:

On crushed ice
With ice cream
Add a kick to your milkshake or smoothie
In baked desserts

Lourensford Honey Liqueur is unfiltered and contains no preservatives or additives.


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