Bee Raw Kitchen: Honey Cocktails with Gin

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When life hands you gin, make a honey cocktail.

Even better if that gin comes from Standard Wormwood Distillery, a Brooklyn-based, small-batch distillery dedicated to experimenting with wormwood, one of the key ingredients in traditional absinthe.

We recently met the masterminds behing Standard Wormwood, and, always up for an adventure, brought some of their Wormwood Gin back to the office.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Entertaining, Home Chef, Honey Cocktails

Raw Honey Spotlight: What Is Varietal Honey?

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One hundred percent raw, real varietal honey.

Sounds good, right? But what does it mean? The raw part is easy: raw honey has not been processed, heated or filtered. (You could just as well call it unadulterated, but that didn’t fit on our jar.)

In other words, raw honey comes straight from the hive. It can be strained to remove large particles and other non-honey elements, but the honey itself, including the pollen, remains.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Save the Bees

Baking with Honey: Substitute Honey for Sugar with 7 Simple Rules

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Maybe you tried raw honey for the first time, and maybe you fell in love and took some home. Months later, maybe the jar you purchased is sitting in the back corner of a cupboard, neglected and slowly crystallizing (which, for the record, is a good thing).

If this sounds familiar, we can help. What do you do with raw honey? So many things, but one of our favorites: bake with it.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Tips and Tricks, Home Chef

Raw Honey Spotlight: North Carolina Sourwood Honey

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Deep in the foothills of Appalachia, when weather conditions are just right, honeybees make one of the rarest of American treasures: North Carolina Sourwood Honey. We love it not just because it’s rare, but because it takes the honey tasting experience to new heights, with unmatched complexity and pairing potential. Sourwood has mythic status, thrilling connoisseurs and winning international awards all while singing the sweet song of the American South.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Home Chef, Honey Cocktails

Raw Honey Spotlight: California Wild Black Sage Honey

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California honey or liquid sunshine? Whatever you call it, the West Coast has it, made by bees living the good life. And right in the center of of the state, tucked in the San Joaquin Valley between coastal ranges and the Sierra Nevada, happy honeybees produce one of our all-time favorites: California Wild Black Sage Honey.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Home Chef, Honey Cocktails

Varietal Spotlight: New York Basswood Honey

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New York Basswood Honey doesn’t reveal its secrets all in one go. To taste this varietal is to experience conflicting flavor notes all at once: delicate and biting, warm and cooling, clean and perfume-like. The rewards grow with every bite, eventually revealing a subtle floral character that lends itself to a wide range of pairings. Mild-mannered maybe, but never boring.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Home Chef, Honey Cocktails

Varietal Spotlight: Maine Blueberry Honey

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To taste Maine Blueberry Honey is to take a step into the forests of New England. With a full, well-rounded flavor that reveals rich earthy components, this varietal finishes on a playful, buttery-sweet note.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Home Chef, Honey Cocktails

How We Picnic: Our Top 5 Tips for Outdoor Eating

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It's picnic time in America. With the sun shining high and long in the sky and the weather driving us outside, we're here to share our tips for outdoor eating.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Beeswax, Entertaining, Tips and Tricks, Home Chef, Honey Cocktails

Sweeten Your Bar Game: Announcing Our Honey Cocktail eBook

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Announcing our new eBook, Sweeten Your Bar Game: The Bee Raw Guide to Honey Cocktails. Download it free and learn to create crowd-pleasing honey cocktails.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Tips and Tricks, Home Chef, Honey Cocktails

High Altitude Honey: Secrets of the Mountaintop Honey Harvest

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For some, urban rooftop honey is about as high altitude as it gets. But it gets even higher. And the higher it gets, the more difficult it is to pull off making and harvesting honey. Below, long-time bee keeper Jean Vasicek shares her high-altitude secrets and what she does throughout the summer and into the fall to keep her bees alive throughout the year.

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Topics: Raw Honey, Tips and Tricks, Save the Bees