The Texas Standoff: Hornitos Spiced Honey, lime, honey, adobo The Texas Standoff: Hornitos Spiced Honey, lime, honey, adobo

Hornitos Spiced Honey Review

Hornitos Spiced Honey is tequila with some sweet heat. Perfect for Texas summers.

But there’s really just hints of each. It’s not that spicy, and it’s really not that sweet, at least not like some liqueurs (think cinnamon whiskey). This one is just about right.

There’s enough honey to taste, and it tastes like actually honey, with some floral scents and even some vanilla. And the heat is just enough to feel on the tongue.  It isn’t a pepper heat. It doesn’t taste like jalapenos or any other pepper. The heat seems to come from nowhere, and it’s a bit odd to have the surprising heat come from the honey taste.

But it works.

How about in a cocktail?

And it works perfectly in cocktails.

One example is the Texas Standoff. To make one, combine with ice:

  • 2 oz Hornitos Spiced Honey
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz honey
  • 1/2 tsp adobo from canned chiles in adobo

and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a jalapeno circle.

The smokiness from the adobo matches well with the honey and spice from the tequila. It’s not too hot, not too sweet, and it tastes like Texas.