Black Honey Recipe

Black Honey Recipe

Photograph: Elana Lepkowski

This Cynar cocktail comes in exotic and sweet, and leaves you dark and bitter. Smith & Cross Navy Strength rum adds potent strength and funky style.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail, enough syrup for about 10 cocktails
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:45 minutes


  • For the honey-cinnamon syrup:
  • 4 ounces water
  • 4 ounces honey
  • 4 (2-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • For the cocktail:
  • 2 ounces Cynar
  • 1 ounce Smith & Cross Jamican Navy Strength Rum
  • 3/4 ounce honey-cinnamon syrup
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime


  1. 1.

    For the syrup: in a small sauce pan over high heat, add water, honey, cinnamon and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain into an airtight container. Will keep for about one month refrigerated.

  2. 2.

    For the cocktail: fill a mixing glass 2/3 full with ice and add Cynar, rum, syrup, and lime juice. Stir for about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.