MDB Cocktails: Honey Kiss Cocktail + A Video!

I made a video!

Have you delved into a 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 the 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 a 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 flavor, sparks with citrus, and is light tasting while still giving a strong kick of gin. Enjoy

Honey Kiss Cocktail

Author: PaletteDining
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: serves 2


  • [i]Honey syrup[/i]
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup of 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 favorite gin, 3 oz of the honey syrup, and lime juice. For a strong, sour lime flavor, use a full lime. For a less strong, citrusy flavor, 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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