The National Honey Board (NHB) has introduced a colorful, eye-catching, information-rich resource, A Guide to Honey Beverages.
Serving as a complement to the Sweet Stirrings cocktail guide (2012), the honey beverage handbook features nearly 40 spiral-bound, laminated pages replete with honey tips, tricks, and on-trend recipes to help operators enhance their non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage menus and programs.
The new honey beverage guide includes the following highlighted, tabbed sections:
- Honey 101: Includes the story of honey and its measurement, storage, handling, and varietals
- Honey at the Bar: Great Beginnings (includes honey simple syrup and honey lemon elixir recipes), Finishing Touches (creative garnish and other ideas), and trending cocktail recipes from Liquid Kitchen’s Kathy Casey and Liquid Architecture’s Kim Haasarud. It also includes mead and beer overviews, tips, and trends.
- Non-Alcoholic Beverages: A range of on-trend recipes including housemade sodas, blended drinks, and mocktails for sweet inspiration
- Perfect Pairings: Optimal honey-spirit pairings from master mixologist, Kim Haasarud and best honey-tea pairings from tea sommelier Cynthia Gold
“Honey is more than just a sweetener… It is an incredibly versatile beverage ingredient,” says master mixologist, Kim Haasarud. “It can serve as a backbone flavor, or you can use different honey varietals to really punch up specific notes in cocktails and spirits.”