Honey Bee Martini

Marla Meridith

April 5, 2013

Honey Bee Martini | Lavender Honey, Lemon & Vodka Cocktail | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com


Today is Friday… this means the weekend is here.Yay! I can post a cocktail and feel great about it. I can feel great ’cause we started the week with Cowgirl Coolers and now we end it together it with delicious Honey Bee Martinis. Do you like the name? I came up with it while I lip smacked on sticky lavender honey. Since spring is here this is a skinny drink ~ for all those skimpy clothes, cocktail sipping sunny days.


Honey Bee Martini | Lavender Honey, Lemon & Vodka Skinny Cocktail | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com


The weather is flip flopping around here. Is that happening by you? One minute it’s breezy and cold, the next it’s warm blossom popping heat. The fab news is you can enjoy a Honey Bee Martini any time at all! Cold or hot out ~ don’t matter. Dive in I say!


Honey Bee Martini | Lavender Honey, Lemon & Vodka Skinny Cocktail | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com


This Essence of Lavender Honey is a true treat! I found it at my favorite Over the Moon fine foods market here in Telluride. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness to this skinny cocktail. Serve this cocktail for weekend brunch, also perfect for bridal & baby showers. Celebrate!


Honey Bee Martini | a Skinny Cocktail | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com


If there is one thing I know it’s that honey bee’s sure do love honey. Not sure if they like vodka…..but I am sure a sip or two might change their flight pattern a smidge…


Honey Bee Martini | a Skinny Cocktail | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com


If you want a quenching honey sweetened lemonade, then don’t add the spirits. For this martini cocktail use your favorite vodka. I used this Skinny Girl Island Coconut Vodka.…it is lovely in this drink.


Honey Bee Martini | a Skinny Cocktail | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com


Lay a sprig of lavender over your drink for good measure. Also add a lemon wedge. All good to go! Enjoy…


Honey Bee Martini | a Skinny Cocktail | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com


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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 05:38h, 05 April

    That first image is perhaps one of my most favorite ones you’ve ever taken. Marla. You need to be working for magazines or something huge. Your skills blow me away every day.

    Onto the actual recipe…never even knew coconut vodka was out there. Skinny style no less. Delish looking recipe!

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:53h, 05 April

      Thanks so much Averie ~ I had a blast with this photo shoot. I love the lighting challenge with cocktails ~ to make them tempt & glow is a thrill! Bet you would dig the coconut vodka…you being the island girl 🙂

      • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
        Posted at 18:18h, 05 April

        I have to agree with Averie. What beautiful pictures in this post! I don’t even like coconut vodka, but you make this look absolutely divine. And even the name of the drink makes me want to try it. 🙂

        • Marla
          Posted at 07:13h, 06 April

          Thanks Michelle! I really did have a great time naming this drink 🙂

  • Rosa
    Posted at 05:40h, 05 April

    A delightful cocktail!



  • Carolyn
    Posted at 05:41h, 05 April

    Mmmm, I do love different martinis. This one is gorgeous, pinning it!

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:53h, 05 April

      Thanks for the pin Carolyn!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 05:45h, 05 April

    Well I love coconut rum, so I’ll have to look for coconut vodka! Lovely!

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:54h, 05 April

      Coconut rum is great too ~ all perfect spirits for spring & summer!

  • Laura
    Posted at 05:49h, 05 April

    Marla – what a beautiful cocktail! And how appropriate for Spring. Love the lavender sprig for a garnish. Just lovely!

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:55h, 05 April

      Thanks Laura ~ was tough to acquire those lavender sprigs and I am thrilled a friend gave them to me!

  • Tieghan
    Posted at 06:01h, 05 April

    I am not really a drinker but the honey and the coconut together sound awesome!

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:55h, 05 April

      Tieghan ~ try a version with some coconut water instead of the alcohol…

  • Angie @ Big Bear's Wife
    Posted at 06:11h, 05 April

    This looks so refreshing! Love the honey and lavender together! Our weather has been crazy here too! Sleet and ice straight into sunshine and warm temps and the other way around. It’s crazy

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 06:12h, 05 April

    wow, Marla!! this is such an elegant yet easy drink to put together!! i absolutely adore it. a buzz for sure 😉 but definitely not a buzzkill 😉 hahaha ok, i’ll stop!

  • Heather Christo
    Posted at 06:23h, 05 April

    Yessss…. This is just what I need today!! so pretty!!

  • Marian (Sweetopia)
    Posted at 07:21h, 05 April

    Oh this sounds and looks like a martini I’d LOVE to try!

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone
    Posted at 07:23h, 05 April

    Yes, please. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere right now, right?!? Lovely!!!

  • Barb | Creative Culinary
    Posted at 07:59h, 05 April

    This is! I made this after my daughter had a similar one at a local restaurant and begged me to recreate it. I don’t add honey but have been using a Colorado vodka I love that is infused with honey. It is so perfect isn’t it?

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites
    Posted at 08:26h, 05 April

    Stunning, girl! Pinned to 3 boards. =)

    SOOO glad it is Friday. I think I may try this with my Meyer Lemon infused vodka. What say you, friend??

  • Cristina
    Posted at 08:28h, 05 April

    What a gorgeous cocktail…I thought I was looking at something from F&W. A pro image capture, Marla! Came across that first image on Pinterest. Was reading through and catching up on some of your posts and realized you’ve left So Cal. Hope you and your family have been well.

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 09:37h, 05 April

    Absolutely beautiful, Marla! I love the simplicity of this cocktail…and it’s just so pretty to look at.

    • Marla
      Posted at 12:03h, 05 April

      Thanks Dara….simple flavors are always my thing. Glad you like this cocktail 🙂

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama
    Posted at 09:54h, 05 April

    I want one now… is 1pm too early to start drinking? Love the lavender honey addition. Gorgeous flavors Marla~!

    • Marla
      Posted at 12:02h, 05 April

      I say go for it ~ just hush that I told you so 😉

  • Nisha
    Posted at 09:55h, 05 April

    i see a difference in your photography style! 🙂
    love, LOVE all these pictures – and you always come up with amazing combinations of recipes too.

    • Marla
      Posted at 12:03h, 05 April

      Thanks Nisha! I really had fun shooting this cocktail!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Posted at 10:29h, 05 April

    I like both – the name and ingredients 😀

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    Posted at 11:35h, 05 April

    Stunning! Love the light in these photos, Marla! This Martini sounds amazing!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
    Posted at 12:09h, 05 April

    Marla, absolutely stunning photography! I’ve always been weary of flavored vodkas due to artificial flavorings. I’m sold on this brand for the Island Coconut variety due to the natural flavoring. Beautiful concept for a spring or summer cocktail…love lavender honey! Thank you for sharing! Pinning…

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:15h, 06 April

      Stacy, I always try to keep away from refined sugars and artificial flavorings. Great to find products that don’t have ’em.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 12:27h, 05 April

    Such a pretty martini, your photos are gorgeous!

  • Mommypage
    Posted at 16:20h, 05 April

    The honey bee martini sounds delicious. It looks like the perfect drink for a Friday night! 🙂

  • Sue/the view from great island
    Posted at 17:47h, 05 April

    I just discovered your blog, I must have been living under a rock 🙂 I love the idea of incorporating honey into cocktails, and your photos are stunning—I just posted a Rose Cardamom cocktail today!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:14h, 06 April

      Mmmmmm. Love the idea of a rose cardamom cocktail! Thanks for sharing with me 🙂

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 18:47h, 05 April

    I’m up for one of those beautiful martinis, pass me a glass!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Posted at 20:39h, 05 April

    The weather is flip-flopping here in Florida too. Shocking, huh? I’d take on your advice about making this anytime of the year. Great sip! Off to pin!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:17h, 06 April

      Thanks so much Kiran. Hope your weather gets a bit more predictable 😉

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  • danielle
    Posted at 08:29h, 06 April

    Yum- I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:49h, 06 April

      Looks great Danielle – thanks!

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    Posted at 20:50h, 06 April

    Oh, this looks divine! I love the sound of lavender honey.

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  • Carla @ Carlas Confections
    Posted at 18:25h, 10 April

    Oh this one is definitely climbing to the top of my list. It looks amazing! And even better that I can drink it and not feel guilty! Woohoo!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:21h, 11 April

      Yay for no guilt eh?! Enjoy!

  • Budala56
    Posted at 19:11h, 12 April

    Marla, have you tried using powdered honey instead of liquid? I know sometimes the liquid honey hardens when it hits the ice, so I found powdered honey at Savory Spice Shop (they are online too). Perhaps a tablespoon of lavender simple syrup to get the lavender flavor in there would work. I will try and let you know! You can follow the recipes I pin on my board “Luscious Libations” – this one just got pinned! http://pinterest.com/budala56/luscious-libations/

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:20h, 12 April

      Hi! Such a GREAT idea ~ I have never seen powdered honey, but it would be perfect for this drink….I will look for it where you recommended. Thanks for the pin, will dash over to your board now 🙂

  • Lauren
    Posted at 12:43h, 29 April

    Oh, these both sound delicious! We all like lemonade in our family, but I’ll add the vodka to mine. 😉

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    How did I not see these until NOW?!?!? That’s it, I’m going to the store, because these clearly must be made!

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    Such a fun website and post! I am already planning a party focused around this amazing drink! 😉

    • Marla
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      Thank you Amy! This is such a great party cocktail. I’m curious to hear more about your party!

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