Recipe for the Honey Kiss Cocktail (gin + lime + honey syrup)

MDB Cocktails: Honey Kiss Cocktail + A Video!

Recipe for the Honey Kiss Cocktail (gin + lime + honey syrup)
I made a video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have you delved into video with your food blog yet? Or maybe just for fun? Video has been that one thing that I’ve been terrified to try. I knew there would be a giant learning curve, since there are so many more tasks involved in shooting a video than taking a photo.

Lighting, timing, editing programs, figuring out how to actually shoot video on my camera — all these things made me steer clear of video in the hopes that it would eventually subside and become less popular and I would never have to learn how to do it.

Then I realized that was wishful and completely unrealistic thinking, and if I want to keep improving, I have to keep pushing myself. I’ve reached this stage with my photography where I am very proud of the photos I put on this site. They look the way I envision them in my head, and there’s little disconnect between how I want them to look and how the finished product appears. Of course I know that I have plenty of room for improvement, but I’m finally passed that “intro” phase (it was a multi-year phase for me) where absolutely everything was new and I was constantly referring to my manual.

That’s certainly not the case with video. I was so scared, I even considered handing off the project to someone else (something I never thought I would do for my blog baby). But then I thought of my Nana (Hi Nana!), who flies around her Mac computer, uploading photos and sending me emails and updates. For someone who grew up writing letters on paper, the amount of knowledge she so easily internalized inspires me. If she can do it, so can I! So, without further ado…

The Video:

The Recipe:

This Honey Kiss Cocktail is for all you gin lovers out there. It’s quite strong, so it’s more of a sipper than a gulper. It’s important to choose a gin that has a taste you truly love. Honey alone doesn’t dissolve well in cocktails, so you’ll need to make a honey simple syrup first. A few minutes over the stove with some honey and water, and you’ll be set for Honey Kiss Cocktails for the rest of the month. Or week, depending on your drinking habits. This cocktail is punchy with flavour, sparks with citrus, and is light tasting while still giving a strong kick of gin. Enjoy 🙂

Honey Kiss Cocktail
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: serves 2
  • [i]Honey syrup[/i]
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • [i]Cocktail[/i]
  • 4 oz gin
  • 3 oz honey syrup
  • juice of half to one lime
  1. To make the honey syrup, add the honey and water to a small saucepan and heat over medium high until the syrup begins boiling. Give it a good stir, then remove from heat to cool. Once cooled, pour the syrup into a jar for storage.
  2. To make the cocktail, add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour in 4 oz of your favourite gin, 3 oz of the honey syrup and lime juice. For a strong, sour lime flavour, use a full lime. For a less strong, citrusy flavour, use only half the lime. Shake it up, and split between two small glasses. Garnish with lime zest or a lime wedge.
The honey syrup can be made in any quantity you like, as long as you follow the ratio of one part honey to one part water.


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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

18 thoughts on “MDB Cocktails: Honey Kiss Cocktail + A Video!”

  1. I’ve been too overwhelmed to try a video yet and I haven’t found any good tutorials (I love me some tutorials). But it’s on my list of things to try. Power to you for just taking the jump!

    1. Thanks Megan! I found one or two on YouTube but they weren’t super helpful. I ended up figuring out what I needed to through trial and error. Not the most efficient way to learn things but it more or less worked.

  2. Girl, I was just complaining to my husband the other night about how everyone is doing videos, and how I want to shoot myself because I realllllllly REALLY don’t want to do one. I know i’m going to have to, but I’ll b!t@h and moan a bit more before I force myself to stop being a baby. You KILLED it on yours! Hard to believe that is your first!! Bravo, Katy!! Maybe you can come and do mine. 😉 Hehe. LOVE this cocktail! The name alone is stellar, but I really like Gin and honey… so yeah, love this cocktail! Perfect for #ThirstyThursday! Cheers, friend!

    1. Surprisingly it went much quicker than I expected! I think it’s one of those things that seems really scary until you try it out and realize it’s not that bad. I think you’d do great, with your photography and storytelling skills!

  3. Yay, I loved this cocktail and your first video, Katy! So fun! You totally nailed it 🙂 So inspiring about your Nana too – my stepdad can barely send an e-mail without calling me on the phone for help haha.

  4. I knew all those piano lessons were worth it, hahahahaha! LOVE the video and this sounds like a yummy summertime quaff, or for the first BBQ day in Spring!

  5. This just might make a gin drinker out of me. Looks so good(!) and might I add – your video is the bomb…like all of your cocktails and your website and your photography and your…I could go on forever… Have a lovely weekend, my dear!

  6. Katy, you are so talented! Ive been thinking of implementing video into my blog now for some time but have been putting it off because editing programs scare the absolute hell out of me (what program did you use to edit this?)…..for your first video though, THIS IS AMAZING! I love gin, but this video made me want to try this recipe even more!

    1. Thank you so much Lucie!! I was putting it off for the exact same reason. I just used iMovie, nothing fancy. You should give it a try, your photography is beautiful!!

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