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DIY Honey Liqueur

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Sugar gets all the attention when it comes to sweetening cocktails, but a homemade honey liqueur will give an exotic new flavor to your drinks.

Notes: Honey's flavor varies greatly depending on the type and region. Clover honey is the mildest and most common variety and is sold in most grocery stores. Taste whichever honey you use first to decide if you want to use additional flavors like orange zest and cinnamon when making the syrup. The proportions in this recipe were developed for use with vodka. But if you would like to substitute another spirit such as bourbon or rum, you may want to use slightly less honey to adjust for the spirit's natural sweet flavor.

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