Winter spiced infused honey is a warm and inviting infused honey, perfect for gifting with your favorite tea and a cute mug! With delicious flavor, medicinal properties, all while being zero waste and so thoughtful - it truly takes regular honey over the top!
Honey is a liquid treasure trove of flavors and colors. It has been found that bees make honey from flowers near their hives, like orange trees or wildflowers in nature- which gives it's honey a different flavors, and that distinctive and their unique taste! In this post, I'll share winter spiced honey - the perfect infused honey for Christmas gifts.
How to use infused honey
You’ll never have enough ways to use honey! From drizzling on ice cream, like in my lavender honey ice cream sundae to using in salad dressings, in your favorite tea, on your cheese plate or charcuterie, or anywhere you want to sweeten. Honey is the best way to add sweetness with lots of flavor and health benefits. Infused honey is also perfect for your homemade honey spoons.
How to infuse honey
There are fast infusions, which include heating your honey and ingredients on low heat so that the honey takes on the flavor quickly. You can see an example of this in my garlic hot honey recipe. In this honey recipe, we use a slow infusion - and let the ingredients sit at room temperature for a long time. Slow methods are a great way to achieve stronger flavors and a little zen this holiday season.
Infusing honey is easy. One of the easiest recipes on the blog. And once you know how, the possibilities are endless. Simply choose fresh herbs, winter spices and seasonal fruit to place in a clean jar then cover it with your favorite local raw honey. It can sit and infuse from overnight - up to six weeks for more intense flavor. The honey mixture will infuse and take on new flavors, and the health benefits of the unique ingredients you choose. The flavor ideas are endless, and when gifted in a pretty jar? So thoughtful.
The process is simple.
1) You start by selecting your ingredients. In this recipe, we use a blend of winter fruits, herbs and spices. However, it's totally adaptable to suit your tastes.
2) You clean and your plant ingredients as directed, and cover in raw, local honey. Be careful to ensure the honey is covering all of the plant material to prevent mold.
3) You let your ingredients sit and infuse for 4-6 weeks in an airtight container.
4) You strain your flowers and herbs from the honey and use however you'd like!
Ingredients in winter spice infused honey:
- Star anise
- Orange peel
- Grated ginger