The “Honey, Ring My Bell” Bourbon Cocktail

unnamed-1I’m a bourbon girl at heart.  Especially in the winter, there’s nothing better than the smoky, deep flavors of a good bourbon cocktail.  My favorite dark spirit is Makers Mark– it never disappoints.  Thanks to my friend Tyler, a very talented mixer of bourbon cocktails, I have this recipe to share.  I added in the Honeybell juice and peel– and it really brings a fresh, light element to the drink.  I also bought those nifty sphere ice cube thingies that make for a gorgeous cocktail!

Honeybells are only in season in January, so there are literally less than 2 weeks left to order them. Go to Countryside Citrus and treat yourself!!  I spent the day with the talented family who runs the Countryside Citrus business while I shot my segment for The Weather Channel at their grove in Vero Beach, Florida.  They are so humble and taught me everything about the Minneola Tangelo, aka the Honeybell!  It’s the love child of the grapefruit and the tangerine…the juice is so sweet. I seriously am freaking out about how awesome they are.  You’ll be bragging on them too as soon as you try this cocktail and my other Honeybell recipes!


Learning about Honeybells from Rusty Banack, owner of Countryside Citrus in Vero Beach, Florida.


The “Honey, Ring My Bell” Bourbon Cocktail


  • 3 shots Makers Mark (or your favorite bourbon)
  • 1 shot of Honeybell juice
  • 1 shot of lemon juice
  • 1 shot Aperol (or Campari)
  • 1 shot Amaro Nonino
  • Honeybell peel
  • Splash of Grand Marnier


  1. Pour bourbon, Honeybell and lemon juice, Aperol, and Amaro Nonino over ice. Shake and pour into glasses (this should fill 2-3 high ball glasses). Add a splash of GM and put in a slice of Honeybell peel. Bottoms up!

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