With an odd name and an unconventional mix of ingredients, Airmail is going to make you question everything you know about what goes with what. It’s also one of the most popular holiday and NYE cocktails so it’s worth trying it out before the cold season rolls in.
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What is Airmail ?
Airmail is an unorthodox mix between white rum, lime juice, honey syrup, and sparkling sine (or champagne if you can splurge). The origin of Airmail is shrouded in mystery and the name doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the ingredients but it just sounds so cool you have to try it.
- 1 oz white rum
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 0.5 oz honey syrup
- 2.5 oz sparkling wine
- Add rum, lime juice, honey syrup, and ice to a shaker. Shake well.
- Strain into champagne glass, top with sparkling wine.
Honey syrup in 1:1 honey to water. You can mix it in a jigger until honey is dissolved. DO NOT ads honey to the shaker and then ice directly on top. Dissolve the honey first.
When is this drink best ?
Airmail works great as a holiday and celebration cocktail, mainly because of the sparkling wine in it. So you will see the served at various celebrations, NYE parties, Christmas parties, and mostly cold season parties. Since this requires sparkling wine, it’s definitely the sort of cocktail to toast with and gather with friends.
My thoughts on Airmail
I found Airmail an intriguing mix, especially the sparkling wine and honey syrup – they just go so well together but I never would’ve mixed them to being with. I find the white rum pales in comparison to sparkling wine, you can’t really taste it. However if you used a darker rum I’m not entirely sure it would’ve went well.
The lime juice adds a tartness that ay or may not be necessary, depending on your tastes and the level of sweetness in your sparkling wine. I used dry sparkling wine so I don’t think it needed extra tartness, but others may prefer their cocktails on the sour side.
If you like Airmail, you might also like…
French 75 – a gin and sparkling wine cocktail
Mimosa – the classic OJ and sparkling wine cocktail
Old Cuban – Dark rum and sparkling wine Mojito
Notes, substitutes, and tips
You can use sparkling wine, prosecco, or even champagne, depending on your budget. I use sparkling wine since actual, real champagne can get a bit pricey and it’d be a waste in a cocktail with multiple flavors.
Honey syrup is easy to make. Get a jigger and do 1:1 honey to cold water, then gently mix with a teaspoon until all honey is dissolved. it takes a couple of minutes but this way you don’t get any clumps. I don’t recommend doing this with hot water, to avoid ruining honey’s taste.