This Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail has a tart finish from the lemon flavors and just the right amount of sweetness + heat from the hot honey, and fizz. This mocktail is sure to be the next big thing during any occasion and makes for a really celebratory experience for the entire family! Vegan option.
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As you might have already realized, mocktails are my jam and I enjoy every variation, flavor combination of mocktails that are "dressed up" (packed with fruit + garnish) or "dressed down" (less fruit + garnish). Either way---I love a good mocktail and this Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail is just one of those simple, but not simple (when it comes to looks) recipes.
This lemon + hot honey number is so fun for the entire family to enjoy, easy to make, bursting with sweet, heat, + tart flavors, has the perfect fizz, and is just delicious. It's one that I enjoyed for the New Year and plan on making throughout the rest of the year if you ask me.
As you can tell, one of the fun highlights of this mocktail is the ice cubes. Usually, I like to make fun and infused ice cubes for an extra pizazz with my mocktails, but to make things really "fancy", I chose to add edible gold glitter because why not?! Haha. I seriously think that my son enjoyed adding the glitter to the ice cube tray more than I did and he really treated it like a science experiment which was so funny.
Anyway, I truly love this mocktail and really enjoy hot honey which goes on SO MANY things by the way!
The first thing you need to make for these tasty drinks are the sparkle lemon ice cubes. You literally stir together the ingredients, pour it in your favorite ice cube tray, set it and forget it for a minimum of 3-4 hours (or overnight) until ice cubes are formed.
Then, you whip together the mocktail ingredients and assemble. Serve and enjoy!
The main TWO components in this simple Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail recipe are ice cubes and infusion of other ingredients for the drink itself. To make your mocktail, you’ll use:
First and foremost, the flavors in this simple and easy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail is enough to convince anyone, however, here are a few more reasons why you'll love this recipe:
One of the greatest phenomenons when it comes to ice cubes has been seeing super clear ice cubes from those clear ice cube systems or molds and wanting to try it, but not necessarily wanting to have a huge contraption in my freezer. Haha. Anyone else feel my pain? Whelp, no need to worry----I've done my research and tested it out a bit and have found some solutions to help those of us who don't have any fancy system to making clear ice cubes. Here are a few ways:
Tip #1: It's best to use water that is distilled or super filtered to avoid gasses and dissolved oxygen, which are the two things that cause our ice to "fog up" when frozen.
Tip #2: Boil your water and freeze your water hot. Again, much to my previous point, this removes any dissolved oxygen or gasses. Just be sure to carefully pour the hot water into your ice cube tray or mold-----preferably one made from materials that naturally insulates like silicone. Also, ensure that your tray lays FLAT while freezing.
Tip #3: Slow freeze your ice cubes. This should be done for about 24 hours, which allows any impurities to be forced out of the ice---resulting in much clearer ice.
If you don't have any hot honey on hand or you simply just want to make your own hot honey, no worries! It's really simple and only requires a few ingredients. You'll need: 1 cup raw organic honey (or regular honey), 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. To create your own hot honey, just bring to a simmer all ingredients in a saucepan and then remove it from heat and let it cool completely before adding it to your mocktail(s). Feel free to store any remaining hot honey in an airtight glass jar (straining red pepper flakes) if desired and keep stored for up to 6 months at room temp.
This Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail recipe serves two. But you’ll probably want more and I can’t blame you! You can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a crowd or your entire family.
The sparkle lemon mixture make about 1 ½ dozen small circular ice cubes or 4 large circular ice cubes. The amount depends on the size of your ice cubes.
The lemons in this drink pack some important health benefits, including:
Of course! If you’d like to serve this as a cocktail, you can add your favorite alcohol to the mixture. The best types of alcohols (just about 1 ounce or so) that work great with this hot honey-lemon flavor combo is:
Absolutely! I like to add a bit of natural sweetener to most things that I drink, including this Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail. Maple syrup is a great option because it's vegan and has antioxidants, much like honey which adds additional nutrients. However, you can try any healthy sweetener substitutions you like. For the added heat, simply add 1 teaspoon or so of red pepper flakes and follow the "how to make your own hot honey" instructions for your substitute.
In fact, this post about The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes is a great place to start! For example, you can use agave or maple syrup to sweeten your ice cubes in general when using other ingredients.
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Fancy Hot Honey Lemon Mocktail.