Must-Try Manuka Honey Drinks for Summer


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Essential Takeaways

Manuka honey drinks are a delicious way to enjoy the flavour and health benefits of manuka honey.

Impress your friends this summer by serving up some unique manuka honey cocktails, hot or cold drinks, with these super simple recipes.

With a unique and rich flavour, manuka honey offers more than just a sweet treat. It provides a wide range of health benefits that can be enjoyed in various forms, including delicious and refreshing drinks.

In this article, we'll share a range of manuka honey drink recipes that you can make at home this summer. So get ready to be inspired by the world of honey based drinks, one sip at a time.

In this manuka honey-based drinks article, you’ll find:

  • 4 simple summer recipes for manuka honey drinks

  • Non-alcoholic manuka honey drinks

  • Why drink manuka honey?

  • Where to get the best manuka honey

4 Stunning Summer Manuka Honey Drink Recipes

Ready to impress your friends with health-boosting, refreshing manuka honey drinks for summertime?

Manuka Honey Paloma

First up, a fan favourite. A manuka honey twist on the traditional Paloma cocktail.


  • 2 oz tequila

  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 tsp New Zealand Honey Co. manuka honey

  • Club soda

  • Grapefruit wedge, for garnish

  • Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)


  1. Rim the glass with salt (optional) by rubbing a grapefruit wedge around the rim and dipping it into a plate filled with salt.

  2. In a shaker, combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and manuka honey.

  3. Shake well until the honey is fully dissolved.

  4. Fill the glass with ice and strain the mixed liquid into the glass.

  5. Top with club soda.

  6. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

  7. Stir gently and enjoy!

Manuka Honey Spicy Margarita

For your more adventurous friends, we have the manuka honey-based spicy margarita. (Keep the jalapenos out to tone-down the spice if your friends don’t love the heat).


  • 2 oz tequila

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 oz fresh orange juice

  • 1 tsp New Zealand Honey Co. manuka honey

  • 1/4 jalapeno, sliced

  • Salt or chilli seasoning, for rimming the glass (optional)

  • Lime wedge, for garnish


  1. Rim the glass with salt or chilli seasoning (optional) by rubbing a lime wedge around the rim and dipping it into a plate with salt or chilli.

  2. In a shaker, muddle the jalapeno slices to release their spiciness.

  3. Add tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and manuka honey to the shaker.

  4. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.

  5. Fill the glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass.

  6. Garnish with a lime wedge.

  7. Stir gently and enjoy the spicy kick!


Manuka Honey Lemon Drop

Fancy a refreshing citrus cocktail with a sweet manuka honey kick? This one’s for you.



  1. In a shaker, combine vodka, lemon juice, triple sec, and manuka honey.

  2. Shake well until the honey is fully dissolved.

  3. Fill the glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

  5. Stir gently and savor the refreshing flavors!

Manuka Honey Watermelon Daiquiri

There’s nothing quite as revitalising as watermelon. Check out this manuka honey-based drink that really champions both delicious ingredients.



  1. In a blender, combine white rum, watermelon, lime juice, and manuka honey.

  2. Blend until smooth and the honey is fully incorporated.

  3. Taste and adjust the sweetness by adding extra lime juice if needed.

  4. Fill a glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass.

  5. Garnish with mint leaves.

  6. Stir gently and enjoy the tropical delight!

Feel free to experiment with the recipes and make them your own - and if you make a great cocktail using manuka honey, tag us @newzealandhoneyco for the chance to be featured on our story.


Non-Alcoholic Manuka Honey Drinks for Summer Days

Would you prefer a refreshing beverage without the alcoholic kick?

Manuka honey is a fantastic ingredient in hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks too that will refresh you on any hot summer’s day. Or a rainy one spent inside, for that matter.

Hot honey based drinks

When it comes to hot drinks, manuka honey is quite versatile.

One of the most popular options is a classic manuka honey tea, made by simply stirring a spoonful of Manuka honey into a cup of your favourite tea.

This can be a honey-based drink that not only warms you up but also helps soothe a sore throat.

Another popular hot beverage is the manuka honey and lemon drink. This soothing concoction combines the natural sweetness of manuka honey with the tangy flavour of lemon juice and warm water. It's perfect for when you are feeling under the weather and in need of a rejuvenating boost.

Simply add a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of manuka honey to warm water (not hot!)

For coffee lovers, the manuka honey latte offers an interesting twist.

Adding a spoonful of manuka honey to your regular latte enhances the flavour profile and transforms it into a delightful honey-based drink that can elevate your coffee experience.

Cold manuka honey based drinks

A refreshing option is the manuka honey and ginger cooler.

Combine manuka honey, ginger, lemon juice, and ice to create a revitalising summer drink that can quench your thirst whilst tapping into the health benefits of manuka honey.

For smoothie enthusiasts, a manuka honey smoothie is an excellent choice.

Blend Manuka honey with yoghurt, fruits and ice for a thick, creamy texture that offers a delicious way to unwind on a hot day.

Bonus: it's a nutritious option packed with vitamins, minerals and the natural goodness of honey.

Lastly, a honey-infused iced tea can be a delightful twist on your favourite iced tea recipe.

Simply mix Manuka honey with your preferred type of tea, add ice, and garnish with fresh herbs or fruit to create a beautifully flavoured drink honey treat that is perfect for sipping outdoors on a warm, sunny day.

While there are countless possibilities to explore with manuka honey drinks, these examples showcase how versatile and delightful this unique honey can be.


Health Benefits of Manuka Honey Drinks

Manuka honey has been researched for decades for its unique health and wellness benefits.

Here’s how you can benefit from these natural properties through manuka honey drinks.

Immunity boosting

A strong immune system is essential to ward off pesky infections and keep our bodies in tip-top shape.

With its potent antibacterial properties, sipping on manuka honey can give your immune system a boost, helping you to keep the common cold and flu at bay.

Digestive health

The deliciousness of manuka honey doesn't stop at being a delight to our taste buds; it goes beyond to protect our digestive system, too.

Drinking manuka honey can alleviate stomach problems and even ulcers.

Its prebiotic traits encourage the growth of good gut bacteria, paving the way to a happier and healthier digestive system.


As if immunity and gut health weren't enough, manuka honey drinks even have a role to play in skincare.

Studies show that it has the power to hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation, which can keep your skin glowing and radiant.

Drinking manuka honey on a regular basis can help you maintain healthy skin from the inside out, leaving you with a fresh and youthful look.


Get Top Quality Manuka Honey for Summer Drinks from New Zealand Honey Co.

When you’re buying honey, you want to make sure that you’re getting the real deal. That’s because honey is one of the most faked foods in the world.

To protect the integrity of genuine honey producers and customers, the Unique Manuka Factor Association of New Zealand created the UMF™ grading system.

Manuka honey with UMF™ grades like ours have been rigorously independently tested so that you can be sure you’re getting the freshest and best quality product.

Unsure which grade is right for you?

Take the quiz.Shop manuka honey.

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