Hot Honey

"Hot Daisy" Cocktail with Apis Mercantile Hot Honey

"Hot Daisy"

STEP 1: To make this amazing cocktail, we first need to make a honey simple syrup using a ratio of two parts Apis Mercantile Hot 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 shaker, combine  0.75 oz of honey simple syrup, 0.75 oz lime juice, a dash of orange bitters, 1.5 oz of tequila, and ice.

STEP 3:  Shake the contents until they are properly mixed and cooled.  Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a lime wheel, and serve!

Mixologist Notes: For this recipe, the hot honey adds a bit of a kick! The lime juice and the heat of the habanero compliment each other perfectly to make your new favorite cocktail: the Hot Daisy!

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Sweet Heat

We've partnered with farmers utilizing and implementing sustainable farming practices to source habanero peppers.  Habanero peppers offer a complex heat that is full of flavor.  The combination with our honey gives the honey a bit of a kick!  It's great in cocktails, smoked meats, salad dressings, and as a finishing sauce!

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."

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What's with all the buzz?

Hot honey has taken the planet by storm!  Hot honey is the new must-have food item; it's good on everything from pizza to smoked salmon and everything in between.  Make it your new secret weapon!

Hot Honey


This hot honey is made by combining habanero peppers and our wildflower honey. Our hot honey is the perfect addition to any pantry!  Great for cocktails, biscuits, watermelon, pizza, and so much more!

Bee fact: While honey bees are capable of flying as far as 6 miles from the hive, they most often forage much closer to home in a 1 to 2 miles radius.  When a beehive is placed near a dense concentration of a single nectar source, the resulting honey is considered mono-floral or single-varietal and has a flavor that reflects the blossom type!

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How do we save the bees?

  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.  

Our Mission

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 in 2022 and every year after.  We will 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.