Bourbon Barrel-Aged Orange Blossom Honey
"Honey, I'm Home!" Cocktail with Apis Mercantile Bourbon Barrel-Aged Honey
"Honey, I'm Home!"
STEP 1: To make this amazing cocktail, we first need to make a honey simple syrup using a ratio of two parts Apis Mercantile Bourbon Barrel-Aged Orange Blossom honey and water. I like to keep some ready-made honey simple syrup for easy drink making in the fridge, so make as much simple syrup as you'd like. This recipe calls for a little less than an ounce of simple syrup per serving!
STEP 2: In a pan, add 3 oz of apple cider, 0.75 oz of honey simple syrup, 0.5 oz lemon juice, a dash of orange bitters, and a dash of angostura bitters. Gently warm the mixture on the stove.
STEP 3: When the mixture has been warmed, add 2 oz of your preferred bourbon; Pour into mug and garnish with orange peel and cinnamon stick and, honey, you're home!
Mixologist Notes: For this recipe, you can use either the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wildflower honey or the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Orange Blossom honey. The oak barrel and smoky bourbon help to pull out the floral notes of the honey; this is especially true of the orange blossom, which has a "citrus lift" at the finish.
We've partnered with High Wire Distilling Co. in Charleston, SC to source still-wet with bourbon barrels to provide the bold infusion of flavor into our selected honeys. The barrels originated in Kentucky from Kelvin Cooperage, a historic barrel-maker with origins in Glasgow, Scotland. The charred White American Oak barrels and the bourbon soaked into the wood impart a distinct flavor that is perfect for cocktails, meats, salad dressings, and more.
Re-imagined Pantry Staples
We're always developing new, innovative flavors and honey-based products that push the boundary of what's possible with honey. Honey has been a pantry-staple for thousands of years; we're just trying to build on honey's incredible and storied legacy by developing new products and innovative pairings that expand your idea of what you might think of when someone says, "honey."
The Beekeeper's Secret
The beekeeper's best-kept secret is their bourbon-aged honey, and, the secret's out! How can you make one of nature's best gifts even better? Add bourbon. The smoky oak notes from the charred White American Oak barrels give the honey a unique flavor that's good on everything from smoked fish, vegetables, cocktails, and more!
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How do we save the bees? It's a complex question that demands serious discussion and radical solutions. We need a revolution--an agricultural revolution. To save the bees, we need real systemic change.
In recent decades, we've seen the consolidation of agriculture and an aggressive pursuit of efficiency utilizing pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and the rise of large-scale mono-culture farming in the name of increasing profit margins. This change in how we produce our food has had profound and unforeseen consequences; we've seen significant degradation of our planet's topsoil, the destruction of plant and animal species, and the obliteration of native habitats.
Among many of the species that have been affected by these changes is the Western honeybee. The farm subsidy programs in the United States have encourage farmers to farm "fence row to fence row." This policy has destroyed native forage that feral pollinator populations rely for food. By limiting the accessible forage, the pollinators are getting a less diverse diet; much like humans, they need a full array of vitamins, nutrients, and protein sourced from diverse feed. Mono-culture farming relies heavily on pesticides, which has weakened the immune systems of honeybee colonies. Global trade has introduced pests to North America like the small hive beetle and the varroa mite. Honeybees need our help.
To save the bees, we need to reconnect communities with the source of their food, and create a new food paradigm.
New Food Paradigm
In order to fix our food system, we need to promote and incorporate regenerative farming practices, and decentralize the production, processing, and distribution of our food. To achieve this change, we are committed to regional sourcing. We only work with beekeepers in the Southeast and are committed to buying honey directly from beekeepers. This means we do not rely on food brokers or international food conglomerates to source our honey. When you buy a jar of Apis Mercantile honey, you can be assured that the honey was sourced directly from a beekeeper at a fair price allowing the money to stay in our regional economy and benefit our local communities. By supporting Apis Mercantile, you are helping to create a previously non-existent infrastructure to source, process, bottle, and distribute honey in our regional food economy. This support allows us to advocate and lobby at the policy level where real systemic change is affected. Thank you for supporting Apis Mercantile and for helping to create the future we all want to live in. Bee the change.