While plain raw honey is pretty darned delicious, you can boost honey’s flavor even more by infusing it with herbs, spices, and other seasonings. As a sugar, honey is hygroscopic: it thoroughly draws moisture out of anything it touches, making it easy to infuse it with herbs, spices, and other aromatics. (Here's how to bake with 12 sugar substitutes, including honey.)
Our master herb infused honey recipe, below, calls for dried herbs, which will infuse your honey with their aroma and flavor steadily over the course of a week, and yield a shelf-stable flavored honey that you can drizzle over ice cream or use to flavor your tea or baked goods.
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You can also infuse honey with fresh ingredients, such as chopped herbs from your garden or fresh fruit, but because they will add a lot of moisture to the honey, it won’t be shelf-stable—so be sure to keep those infused honeys refrigerated.
Related: 6 Absolute Easiest Herbs To Grow Indoors
Remember: Never give honey to children under 12 months of age; spores found in honey can cause botulism in infants.
Herb Infused Honey Master Recipe
8 ounces honey
1-2 tablespoons dried herbs or spices
1 cup mild honey, like clover or orange blossom
1. Place herbs or spices in a clean glass jar. Pour the honey on top and stir well to combine. Tightly close the jar lid.
2. Allow the honey to infuse for 5 to 7 days (or longer, if you want a stronger flavor). Every day or so, flip the jar upside down, making sure all of the herbs and spices get coated.
3. After a week, warm the infused honey in the jar until slightly runny (dipping the closed jar in a warm water bath works well). Pour the honey through a mesh strainer, and discard the herbs or spices. Store your newly infused honey in a jar in a cupboard.
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Try These Herb And Spice Combinations
Lavender and Cardamom Pods Honey
Good on plain yogurt, vanilla ice cream, or fresh berries.
Ground Ginger and Lemon Zest Honey
Use it in tea (hot or iced), or add it to a hot toddy. Since you can’t strain ground ginger, this honey will get spicier the longer it sits! (Here are 7 surprising benefits of eating more ginger.)
Rosemary and Orange Zest Honey
Whisk into salad dressing, or use it to make a compound butter for grilled chicken or steamed vegetables
Black Peppercorns and Sage Honey
Spoon over salty cheeses like brie or Parmesan, or drizzle over sliced apples.
Dried Apple and Cinnamon Stick Honey
Stir into oatmeal, slather on toast or cornbread, or drizzle on top of simple cakes instead of sugary frosting.