Honey Badger Cocktail Recipe

A refreshing cocktail made with light and crisp beer, honey and basil.

Honey Badger Cocktail in a pint glass with lots of ice and mint

Honey Badger Cocktail

Looks good doesn't it? 

This cocktail is really refreshing. Honey Badger is a long cool cocktail made with Golden Champion Beer, honey, basil and bitters. 

Golden Champion Beer is a crisp and fruity floral summer beer, which is the perfect beer to serve ice cold at a BBQ or made into this cocktail.

If you are a strict vegan you could replace the honey with agave nectar in this recipe. Golden Champion Beer is vegan as are all the bottled beers from Hall & Woodhouse.

I just realised my cocktails this week are all very woodland creature. The last one was purple stag and this one is honey badger, maybe I need to start a series.

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7 Fun Beer Facts

  1. Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic drink around the world.
  2. It's the third most popular drink after water and tea. 
  3. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass, yes it is actually a thing!
  4. Alledgedly the ancient egyptians were tipsy when constructing the pyramids. They were each given 4 litres a day.
  5. Oktoberfest originally a festival celebrating the 1810 marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig.
  6. A Buddhist temple in the Thailand was built with over one million recycled beer bottles.
  7. Vikings believed in heaven (Valhalla), there was a giant goat whose udders provided unlimited supply of beer.

Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks

This post is one of several I'm sharing this week on the topic of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. I realised I mostly share meals and rather neglect drinks, with the exception of smoothies.

Check out my other drinks articles

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Honey Badger Cocktail

prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins
A long cool cocktail made with Golden Champion Beer, honey (or agave nectar), basil and bitters


  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 10ml honey or agave nectar
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 250ml Golden Champion Beer
  • a tall glass full of ice


  1. Fill a tall glass with the basil, honey and bitters, then top with half the beer and
  2. Fill the glass with ice and add the rest of the beer.
  3. Garnish with a basil leaf.
  4. Enjoy!.
  5.      Don't drink too many!
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Beer Recommendations

1. Golden Champion (vegan)

Golden Champion is a crisp and fruity floral brew, perfect for a summer evening.  It's an easy drinking beer that goes well with light dishes like salads.

£1.99 from your local supermarket

2. Crabbies Scottish Raspberry Alcoholic Ginger Beer 

A ginger beer, not a standard beer, but I couldn't resist adding it. I love ginger beer and it's nice to see them coming a flavoured edition. This Crabbies alcoholic ginger beer is flavoured with Scottish raspberries and is gorgeous over ice.

£1.80 from your local supermarket

3. Organic Celia Lager (vegan)

CELIA Organic is a light, gluten free, vegan beer. It is made from only 3 ingredients it has a crisp and refreshing taste with citrus notes, the perfect summer beer. Such an fresh and easy beer. 

£2.49 from Tesco, Waitrose, Oddbins and online at Ocado

Disclosure: I was sent some samples to review. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Amazing drink! Thanks for Sharing the recipe.

  2. What a lovely looking long drink - I'm not usually a beer drinker, but I'm really intrigued to try this as it sounds so good! I'll let you know if it converts me to beer drinking!!

    1. Very refreshing Kate. I also like beer with raspberry syrup. A polish friend recommended it. In fact you can find the raspberry syrup in the Polish section of your supermarket.

  3. What a fun adult beverage! Love the sweetness!

    1. Yes it does really give it a nice flavour. Worth a try Rebecca.

  4. What a refreshing cocktail. This is going to be great on so many party days that are coming up. Septiembre Fiesta, Labor Day and football! Sounds delicious!

    1. You seem to have lots of celebrations in the US where food and drink are key. A good excuse for a bit of fun.

  5. Great to see different drink recipes here - though I love your smoothie recipes!

    1. Awww thanks Tanzim. I still make them, but it's nice to post adult drinks from time to time.

  6. Looks like a nice refreshing long drink for the weather this weekend!

  7. I've got a thing about honey and golden, so this sounds perfect. Now, how do I get my hands on one?

    1. Ah well this is the one for you. I am afraid you will have to make it as you are way too far away for me to deliver ;)

  8. Oh that cocktail looks really refreshing - could have done with one this afternoon!

  9. I don't think I've ever had a cocktail similar to this and now I'm scratching my head thinking...why not?!?! It sounds delicious!

  10. I've never actually tried a beer cocktail before but this looks really fun. Love the beer facts too!


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