Tea & Honey Recipes

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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Immune-Boosting Cocktail Shrub (Made With Tea & Honey!)

We've been casually recommending in-store customers try creating shrubs or tinctures out of our herbal tisanes for years now, but we thought it was time to share our Immune-Boosting Cranberry & Pine Tea Shrub recipe with all of you in a more official way! 

If you just want to skip to the good part, click here to jump to the shrub recipe & recommended cocktails / mocktails. If you're interested to learn why this shrub is immune-boosting in addition to delicious, read on!

two cranberry and pine shrub cocktails in front of kas honey liquor and whiskey bottles

The Health Benefits of Our Wild Taiga (Pine Tea) Herbal Tisane

The wild-foraged ingredients in this wintery herbal tisane come to us from the northern regions of Canada. A pine tea with the added benefits of chaga mushroom and wild blueberry, our Wild Taiga blend is thought to be a flu-breaker and anti-inflammatory tisane that boosts general immune and respiratory health. 

The reasons we encourage our customers to try shrubs or tinctures with our healthful herbal tisanes are twofold: 1) The longer you steep them, the more health benefit you will extract and 2) we recommend drinking herbal tisanes every day to see true benefit, and sometimes you just don't want a hot cup of tea! (Shhhh! Don't tell anyone we said that!)

Ingredients for Cranberry & Pine Tea Shrub: Italian Chestnut Honey, Wild Taiga Herbal Pine Tea, Fresh Cranberries, Apple Cider Vinegar

The Health Benefits of Pine Tea - Spruce, Fir, Balsam, Labrador Tea & Juniper Berries 

Pine Tea acts as a very good flu and cough breaker. Wonderful for your respiratory system, these ingredients are full of antioxidants and Juniper Berries especially are packed with Vitamin C. 

The Health Benefits of Chaga Mushroom

Chaga has been shown to boost immune systems and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Chaga may also help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar. 

The Health Benefits of Wild Blueberries

Known as the king of antioxidants, blueberries help to fight free radicals in the body and contain large amounts of vitamins K and C. 

The Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries are a superfood chockfull of vitamins and antioxidants. In addition, they may help to lower blood sugar and improve cardiovascular health. Cranberries also help to improve your gut bacteria - extra important at this time of year when many of us tend to overindulge! 

The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has antimicrobial properties and antioxidant effects. It is also believed to aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, and lower blood sugar. So in addition to fighting bad bacteria and free radicals, it helps balance your gut microbiome!

Fresh Cranberry Wild Taiga Shrub Recipe & Cocktails

For the Cranberry Wild Taiga Shrub

Cranberry & Wild Taiga Immune Boosting Shrub Cooking in Stainless Steel Pot

Ingredients:

2 cups water

1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

3/4 to 1 cup Honey (to taste - we recommend Italian Chestnut Honey!)

2 c fresh, washed cranberries

16 grams Wild Taiga Herbal Tisane

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pot over medium heat.

2. Stir until honey is combined in water and vinegar and all the Wild Taiga is immersed in the shrub mixture.

3. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until cranberries have all popped, stirring occasionally.

4. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 

5. Strain mixture into a container for storage. We recommend using a very fine mesh sieve or two layers of cheesecloth to catch all the pulp and small pieces of Wild Taiga. 

6. Chill in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks!

And now, the Cranberry & Pine Cocktail Recipes!

Kas Honey Liquor Cranberry & Pine Soda

A traditional spiced honey liquor, Kas is a delightful addition to many holiday drinks or as an after dinner digestif. We love the sweet spice it adds to the shrub in this drink!

1 ounce Kas Honey Liquor (You can find this delicious spiced honey liquor at our friend and neighbor By the Bottle!)

2 ounce Cranberry Wild Taiga Shrub

4 ounces club soda

Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries. 

Cranberry & Pine Whiskey Soda (feat. Yankee Distillers Honey Whiskey)

As delicious as it is simple, this whiskey soda plus shrub is a festive crowd-pleaser.

1.5 ounces Yankee Distillers' Honey Whiskey (Located in Clifton Park, NY, Yankee Distillers make their honey whiskey in the same barrels we use to age our Whiskey Barrel Wildflower honey!)

2 ounces Cranberry Wild Taiga Shrub

4 ounces club soda

Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries.

Cranberry & Pine Gin and Tonic

A holiday twist on everyone's favorite classic, this Gin & Tonic is made with a specialty botanical gin distilled with Saffron, Cardamom, and Orange. It adds a delightful citrus piquancy to the shrub!

1.5 ounces ESP NOHO Gin (this Saffron, Cardamom, and Orange distilled gin may also be found at By the Bottle!)

2 ounces Cranberry Wild Taiga Shrub

4 ounces tonic or club soda

Wild Taiga 75

A twist on the French 75, this sparkling wine cocktail is perfect for NYE!

1 ounce Cranberry & Pine Shrub

1 ounce Honey Liquor, Honey Whiskey, Spiced Rum, or Gin (depends on your preference! For a mocktail version, try cranberry juice instead!)

3 ounces Sparkling Wine (or Sparkling Apple Cider for mocktails)

Garnish with fresh cranberries.

Cranberry & Pine Mocktail

And for those who don't drink this shrub is a festive and healthful way to join in on the holiday cheer. Just add club soda, ginger ale, or sparkling apple cider!

2 ounces Cranberry Wild Taiga Shrub

4-6 ounces Club Soda or Ginger Ale

Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries!

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Whiskey Me Away

 

Whiskey Me Away

As soon as we tasted the first batch, we knew our Whiskey Barrel Aged Wildflower Honey was something special... and that it practically demanded to be used in a local craft cocktail.

So, we asked good friend and craft cocktail specialist, Brendan Dillon of Hamlet and Ghost restaurant, to experiment with our  Whiskey Barrel Aged Wildflower. After some trial and error, Brendan created a light, beautiful cocktail featuring this special honey and Fino Sherry*! 

Don't be discouraged hearing Brendan's credentials, this show-stopping cocktail is actually quite easy to make and includes ingredients that you likely already have (or definitely won't mind having) in your kitchen. 

Thank you, Brendan!

Whiskey Me Away Craft Cocktail by Hamlet & Ghost's Brendan Dillon

2.5 oz Fino Sherry (a dry, pale Sherry wine made from the Palomino grape)
.5 oz Whiskey Barrel Aged Wildflower Honey simple syrup (equal parts honey + water)
1 T stone fruit preserves, such as apricot

1 egg white

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake hard and strain into a beautiful glass with a fine strainer.  Serve with a citrus twist.

A few notes on making honey simple syrup

If you would like to experiment with this or other cocktails featuring our Whiskey Honey, your first step is probably going to be making a simple syrup using 1 part honey and 1 part hot water. To do this, simply heat some water, add your honey, and stir until the honey is dissolved. Your water does not need to be boiling or boil down to create your honey simple! In fact, if you have an electric water kettle, you won't need the stove at all! This honey simple syrup will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator, just like a sugar-based simple syrup, making the Whiskey Me Away your perfect go-to summer cocktail.

*Fino Sherry is the driest type of sherry. If you are unfamiliar or unsure where the sherry in your cupboard falls, we recommend stopping in to chat with Annemarie at By the Bottle around the corner from our shop, or the lovely ladies at Kane's Fine Wine & Spirits. 

Ghost Pepper Honey Mojito

More than ever, this 2020 summer feels like a time of slowing down and enjoying what is around us.  Whether it's children splashing in water, crickets chirping, or the smell of the grill, simple pleasures of sharing time together seem all the more meaningful.  Darien Leigh of @pantry.hill captures this feeling of gathering with Adirondack refinement at her family's retreat up north, where they all enjoyed Ghost Pepper Honey Mojitos.  We hope you enjoy them, too, in good company.

Ghost Pepper Mojito

Yields: 1 cocktail

2 tablespoons Ghost Pepper Honey simple syrup* 
1.5 oz rum
10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 fresh lime cut into wedges
1/2 cup club soda
Ice cubes 
2 glasses (one for muddling and one for serving)
Muddler

Fine mesh strainer

Ghost Pepper Mojito

*Ghost Pepper Honey Simple Syrup:
2 parts honey
1 part hot water

Stir together until honey is dissolved.

Directions: 
Place mint leaves, limes and simple syrup into a sturdy glass. Muddle to crush the mint leaves and limes and extract the juice/flavors. Add rum. Fill separate cocktail glass with ice. Place fine mesh strainer over the top of the cocktail glass and strain the muddled rum mixture over the ice. Add club soda. Stir and garnish with lime wedge and extra mint leaves

Crimson Berry Vodka Cocktails

Our Herbal of the Month, Crimson Berry, is one of the shop favorites!  It is tart, fruity and beautifully red; so when we heard our great customer Denny Severin was making cocktails out of it, we had to find out more!  These two refreshing summer drinks are so easy to prepare, and only require a little bit of time for the vodka to infuse. Enjoy, and thank you, Denny!

Crimson Berry Cocktail

Procedure 2-3 Days Ahead: Infuse 3 T of Crimson Berry to ½ liter of vodka for 2-3 days in refrigerator. Once infused, strain off the vodka from the herbal leaves and berries. Place in sealed jar in refrigerator. The infusion will last a very long time!

Crimson Berry Lemonade
1 ½ oz Crimson Berry Vodka
5-6 oz lemonade
Splash of club soda (optional)

Shake or stir in ice filled glass. Enjoy!

Saratoga Mule
1 ½ oz Crimson Berry Vodka
½ cup Ginger Beer
½ oz lime juice
Garnish with line wedge (optional)

Pour into ice filled glass. Enjoy!