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Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Cocktail (Copycat Recipe)

Are you a fan of the signature drinks at Cheesecake Factory? Do you love the flavor of honey and bourbon combined? Look no further! This article will provide a copycat recipe for the Cheesecake Factory’s Honey Bourbon Cocktail. With just a few simple ingredients, you can now enjoy this delicious drink in your home. This sweet and smooth cocktail is perfect for any occasion, whether entertaining guests or just looking to wind down after a long day. The combination of honey and bourbon creates a rich and flavorful drink that is sure to impress.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to make a delicious Honey Bourbon Cocktail with our copycat recipe
  • Combine the flavors of honey and bourbon for a sweet and smooth drink
  • Perfect for any occasion, this cocktail is easy to make and sure to impress
  • Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Recipe
    Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Recipe

Ingredients for the Honey Bourbon Cocktail

If you want to try making the delicious Honey Bourbon Cocktail at home, you’ll need a few key ingredients. This cocktail is a spinoff of the old-fashioned and gold rush cocktail, with its unique twist.

To make this cocktail, you’ll need:

  • Favorite Bourbon
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey syrup
  • Optional: Bitters

The honey sweetens the drink, while the bourbon provides a warm, smoky flavor. The lemon juice adds a refreshing touch to the cocktail, and the honey syrup helps balance the flavors.

If you want to create a unique version of this cocktail, you can experiment with adding different ingredients, such as ginger or bitters. This will give your drink a different flavor profile and excite your cocktail.

So, if you’re ready to try something new, grab your ingredients, and let’s start mixing up some Honey Bourbon Cocktails!

How to make Honey Syrup

Honey syrup is a version of the simple syrup. Instead of white sugar, you create it by blending equal amounts of honey and water, heat on the stovetop, and stir until dissolved. Store in the fridge until you are ready to use.

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Best homemade Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Copycat recipe

Mixing Instructions for the Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Cocktail

Now that you have all the ingredients for this delicious honey bourbon cocktail let’s start mixing!

First, fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Then, add 2 3/4 ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce of honey syrup, and 3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the shaker.

Ensure the shaker is tightly closed, and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds to mix all the ingredients well. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass or one filled with ice.

For a fancier presentation, garnish your cocktail with a lemon twist, a cherry, or a twig of thyme. Adding a dash of bitters will enhance the flavor.

Remember, the beauty of making a cocktail at home is that you can customize it to your liking! Adjust the ingredients to your taste or try out different variations.

Now that you know how to make the perfect honey bourbon cocktail enjoy sipping this sweet and smooth drink with friends and family.

We drink, first, with our eyes!

Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon RecipeSure, you can dump the ingredients into a plastic cup, stir, and chug. But if you want to impress some friends, remember the famous quote:

“We eat, first, with our eyes,” Apicius.

Better restaurants understand this when presenting their food entrees, and Cheesecake Factory does a great job with their drinks as well. When you look at the picture of the drink, there are two things that stand out in addition to the garnish: the froth and the glass.

How the Froth is Created

The beautiful foam on top is created by vigorously shaking the ingredients in a martini shaker. Aside from being very versatile, these also make great gifts for the connoisseur or budding mixologist in your life. Click the pic to be taken straight to Brookstone Wine and Bar collection.

Choice of Glassware

Normally, Bourbons are served in a short tumbler, but the Cheesecake Factory chose to go another route. The decision to use a martini glass makes it a little classier, perhaps even feminine. These also make great gifts and are available via the same link from Brookstone.

Tips and Variations for the Honey Bourbon Cocktail

If you’re looking to switch up the classic Honey Bourbon Cocktail, here are some tips and variations to try:

  • If you’re a fan of ginger, muddle a few slices with the bourbon before adding the other ingredients for a unique twist.
  • Add a dash of bitter to the mix to balance the sweetness. Angostura bitters work well with bourbon.
  • For a fun presentation, twist a lemon peel over the cocktail and drop it into the glass.

If you’re interested in exploring other honey bourbon mixed drinks, here are some bourbon mixed drink recipes to consider:

  1. Bourbon Sour: Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker. Strain into a glass and garnish with a cherry and orange slice.
  2. Honey Bee: Mix bourbon, honey syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
  3. Boulevardier: Combine bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari in a glass. Stir and garnish with an orange twist.

With these bourbon cocktail ideas, you will impress your guests at your next gathering. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and find your twist on the classic Honey Bourbon Cocktail.


In conclusion, now you have the recipe for the Cheesecake Factory’s famous Honey Bourbon Cocktail. By following the simple mixing instructions and using the right ingredients, you can enjoy this sweet and smooth cocktail in the comfort of your home.

We hope this article has provided a detailed guide to making this delicious drink. Remember, you can always add your twist to the recipe by experimenting with different ingredients, such as ginger or bitters.

Keep going; explore other honey bourbon mixed drink recipes and bourbon cocktail ideas. We guarantee you will fall in love with the sweet and smoky flavors of bourbon mixed with honey.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite bourbon and try out this delightful Honey Bourbon Cocktail today.  Maybe enjoy it with your favorite cigar?


F.A.Q.’s about Bourbon and Honey Bourbon Cocktails

Is the Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Cocktail a classic cocktail?

Yes, this drink is considered a modern classic recipt.

How do I make honey syrup for this Cocktail?

To make honey syrup, mix equal parts honey and water in a saucepan and heat until the honey is dissolved. Let it cool before using.

Can I use any type of whiskey for the Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Cocktail?

Yes, you can use your preferred whiskey brand for the Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Cocktail.

What are some other classic cocktails that I might enjoy?

Some other classic cocktails that you might enjoy include the Old Fashioned, the Whiskey Sour, and the Gold Rush Cocktail.

Can I refrigerate the honey syrup for future use?

Yes, you can refrigerate the honey syrup in a sealed container for future use. It will keep well for several weeks.

Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon Recipe

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Recipe by Bo Kauffmann Course: DrinksCuisine: American


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Try this homemade version of the famous Cheesecake Factory Honey Bourbon cocktail. Easy to make and super tasty.


  • 2 3/4 oz. 2 3/4 Premier Bourbon

  • 1 oz. 1 Honey Syrup

  • 3/4 oz. 3/4 Lemon Juice

  • 1 dash 1 Bitters

  • 1 1 Garnish: Thyme, orange, lime etc


  • Create the Honey Syrup by mixing 8 oz of honey with 8 oz of water. Place on stovetop and heat to just short of boiling. Stir constantly til honey dissolves. Allow to cool before using.
  • Combine the above ingredients into a martini shaker, with crushed ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  • Strain into a beautiful glass and top with a garnish of your choice.
  • Enjoy.

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