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There are many excellent top shelf bourbon liqueurs, like Wild Turkey American Honey, Evan Williams Honey Reserve, Celtic Honey, Bushmill Irish Honey, Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, and Bärenjäger Honey Bourbon, but they share one thing in common; they are all very expensive. You can make your that's exactly the same in taste and quality, but for much, much less than the brand names or knock-offs. It's easy and takes only 10 minutes to make For other liqueurs you can make, see this page.
Here's how to make it:
Yield: about 1.1 liter
Note about alcohol content: Wild Turkey's American Honey is about 35% alcohol (71 proof). So, if you use an 80 proof whiskey, your final product will be around 50 proof. Using the 101 proof Wild Turkey will produce about 67 proof, much closer to the original Wild Turkey American Honey. You can also try tweaking the amounts of water and honey to your liking.
In a heavy-bottomed pot (to avoid burning) heat the water and honey over medium heat and stir until the honey is dissolved.
Remove the sugar solution from heat, and allow to sit for about 15-20 minutes so it it is warm but not how (say 90 - 110 F, 35 - 40 C). This is to avoid causing the extracts to breakdown and the alcohol to boil off.
Add the whiskey. Stir well.
I save old Amaretto jars, but you can use any clean, glass jar that can be sealed, like mason canning jars..
Well, honestly, there really isn't any aging. Just enjoy!
Total cost: ~$10 per liter
Wild Turkey's American Honey generally costs about $20 / 750 ml bottle, (or $27/liter) plus tax (2020, Atlanta, GA retail)
So, the homemade is about 1/3 the price.
Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book