Honey Recipes

Buckwheat Honey BBQ Bean Bake

Growing up, it wasn't a summer cookout without my mom's barbecue beans. Today we're sharing her recipe with our CommuniTEA with a Saratoga Tea & Honey twist!

The original recipe calls for molasses, but why use molasses when you can use Buckwheat Honey? In case you haven't noticed, subbing honey for sugar and sugar products is a reoccurring theme around here! We tested the recipe on a large group ranging in age from 1.5 to 50, and it was a hit with all demographics. I was very disappointed to have zero leftovers!

This recipe makes a lot of beans, so we recommend breaking it out for large summer parties when you need a robust side.

Now, without further ado!...

BBQ Honey Bean Bake (AKA Bev's Barbecue Baked Beans)*

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  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Large White Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 2, 16 oz cans Red Kidney Beans
  • 2, 16 oz cans Baked Beans
  • 1, 16 oz can Butter Beans
  • 1, 16 oz can Green Lima Beans (may substitute Butter Beans)
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 4 Tbsp. Buckwheat Honey
  • 3/4 tsp. Black Pepper


  1. Brown beef and onion, then drain any liquid.* 
  2. Cook the bacon using your desired method, then break into small pieces. Our preferred method is 15 minutes in the oven at 425° F. 
  3. Combine beef, onion, bacon, and all remaining ingredients. Do NOT drain beans; just dump them right on in!*
  4. Pour into baking dishes and bake at 350° F for 1 hour uncovered. Or cook in your slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours. 

Yields: 20-24 servings

*A Note for Vegetarians

You can absolutely make this bean bake vegetarian! A few things to watch out for. Lots of canned baked beans are sneaky and have bacon in them, even if they don't specifically say bacon, so definitely opt for the Vegetarian Baked Beans.

When I make this, I usually make the onion separate from the ground beef so I can mix everything except the meat together and then portion out what I need for vegetarian guests. Then I add the meat in to the remaining. You can also of course use the vegan meat substitutes of your choice! 


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Honey Cocktail Recipe: Elderberry G&T

One of our favorite recommendations in our Honey Room is to encourage guests to experiment with honey simple syrups in cocktails because it's a fun, easy way to use honey in a way that's both special and part of everyday life. So, as soon as we tasted our new sweet-tart Elderberry Infused Honey, we knew we had to create some simple and refreshing cocktails for summer!

Usually our cocktail recipes here on the blog are a bit on the involved side, often including homemade tea / herbal infusions or several liquors. 

But the truth is a delicious cocktail doesn't need to be complicated, and this time we wanted to let our gorgeous Elderberry Honey speak for itself. 

Below, you will find a very easy recipe for honey simple syrup, as well as a few twists on classic cocktails using Elderberry Honey Simple Syrup. We recommend giving these cocktails a stir and experimenting with your own favorite flavors!

Elderberry Infused Honey Jar, bee stir stick, and Elderberry Gin and Tonic with lime wedges

Using Elderberry Infused Honey in Cocktails

Elderberry Infused Honey Simple Syrup for Cocktails

Mix well until honey is fully dissolved. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

Elderberry G&T Recipe

  • 1/2 ounce Elderberry Infused Honey Simple Syrup
  • 2 ounces Botanical Dry Gin (London Dry works too, but we recommend a botanical gin for a refreshing summer flavor)
  • Ice
  • Top with Fever Tree Tonic Water
  • Squeeze of Lime Juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

For a berry delicious twist on the classic G&T, stir Elderberry Infused Honey Simple Syrup, Botanical Gin, Ice, Tonic, and a squeeze of lime juice. 

Elderberry French 75 Recipe

  • 1/4 ounce Elderberry Infused Honey Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liquor
  • Top with Brut Sparkling Wine

Stir and garnish with blackberries (or elderberries, if you can find them!)

Why Use Elderberry Infused Honey?

Elderberries are an amazing superfood full of antioxidants, and so is honey. Many elderberry syrups available commercially are full of added sugars needed to sweeten these naturally tart berries. Our sweet-tart Elderberry Infused Honey is a delicious and natural way to get your antioxidants or sweeten your tea or cocktails - without all the added sugar.

We knew immediately that we would be adding Elderberry Infused Honey to our cocktails this summer because its sweet-tart flavor profile is never cloying and pairs extremely well with refreshing summer flavors like lime, mint, basil, and cucumber. 

The sky is the limit with your Elderberry Honey Simple Syrup, and we can't wait to find out what you create!

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