The Swarm

[Photographs: Autumn Giles]

This variation on a Honey Bee cocktail cuts the sweetness of rum and honey with Cynar. Don't be afraid to use a full-flavored honey. For the rum, I used Flor de CaƱa Extra Dry white rum, which is a great value bottle. Don't be afraid to use a full-flavored honey here.

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The Swarm

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 2 cocktails
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:cocktail shaker
This recipe appears in: 3 Cynar Cocktails to Make at Home


  • 2 teaspoons warm water
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 ounce Cynar


  1. 1

    Combine the honey and warm water in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and stir vigorously until completely combined.

  2. 2

    Add the white rum, lemon juice, Cynar. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into two coupe glasses and serve immediately.


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