Hot honey, honey combined with spicy peppers, is having a moment in the spotlight right now, and it's for good reason. Hot honey is a delicious and versatile condiment. I've been infusing honey for years, so I decided to make my own hot honey recipe with a Plum Deluxe twist.
This hot honey recipe combines our raw creamed honey with spicy red pepper, Just Ginger, and our Full Moon Chai into a spicy, sweet, earthy sauce that can be used with so many things!
What Can You Do with This Hot Honey Recipe?
What can you do with hot honey? Drizzle it on so many things for a spicy-sweet treat!
- Meats like ribs, pulled pork, salmon, or chicken
- Cocktails like a sweet and spicy margarita
- Make hot honey butter for cornbread or biscuits
- Savory scones
- Use it in place of regular honey in this honey thyme quiche
- Veggies like brussels sprouts, squash, and sweet potatoes
- Charcuterie board
- Make a salad dressing, marinade, or BBQ sauce
- Use it to make this honey bread
- Try it in your tea! Hot honey goes best with a spiced tea like Full Moon Chai, Spice of Life black tea, and Rainy Day puerh. These teas all highlight cinnamon which pairs well with the spices found in this hot honey recipe.
Benefits of Honey
Honey is an all-natural sweetener that is full of 31 minerals, 30 bioactive plant compounds that act as antioxidants, vitamins, 22 amino acids, zinc, and iron.
There are about 320 different varietals of honey available, which all have different colors, smells, and flavors. These variances come from the type of plant the bees gather pollen from. Honey has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties and is great to treat coughs and sore throats.
This natural wonder is an overall powerhouse to keep around and use frequently in our diets. Research has been conducted on the benefits of honey on cardiovascular health, coughs, gastrointestinal disease, neurological disease, and wound care.
To get these benefits, you want to use raw honey. Raw honey isn’t processed with heat like regular honey, which helps it maintain its nutrients and the bee pollen that provides so many benefits. One study found that raw honey has 4.3 times more antioxidants than processed honey. Honey should never be given to a child under the age of one.
Making Hot Honey
Have I convinced you of the powers and tastiness of hot honey yet? Making hot honey is easy!
We are just going to warm up the honey, but not above 95 degrees because we don't want to lose those good properties. Then we will add red pepper flakes (or whatever dried spicy pepper you have on hand), Just Ginger, and a dash of Full Moon Chai to make our unique hot honey.
This recipe is adaptable, use whatever dried herbs, peppers, and teas you like! I picked Full Moon Chai for its spiced profile full of cardamom, ginger, clove, and cinnamon bark which is combined with black tea and vanilla butternut extract.
This hot honey recipe makes a gingery spiced honey with a slight burn, adjust the spiciness to your liking.
Hot Honey Recipe
Combine all ingredients in a small pot over low heat.
Heat to 95 degrees stirring often.
Take off the heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
Strain off the solids. This will take a few minutes, so just do it a bit at a time.
Jar and label.
Hot honey is shelf stable so you can enjoy your creation for months!