just add honey loves a good cocktail!

And today is OPENING DAY for the 2012 Olympic Games. Since tea is the beverage of choice in London and nothing says celebration like gin, just add honey offers a cocktail recipe that will have the crowd going wild. {insert applause here}

What better way to celebrate London style!

Chamomile Gin Cocktail

Chamomile Gin Cocktail 

ingredients…

  • 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers {our chamomile fruit will delight your taste buds}
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups London dry gin
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

directions…

  • Mix chamomile and 6 Tbsp. very hot water in a medium bowl. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in honey; mash chamomile with a wooden spoon. Let cool slightly. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing on solids to release liquid. Discard solids in sieve. Add gin, lemon juice, and 4 cups ice to pitcher.
  • Stir until ice is melted. Divide among chilled coupe glasses
    Pinkies up!
    Photo and recipe courtesy of :: Bon Appetit Magazine
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ooh honey!

July 6, 2012

Here’s our favorite Summer honey recipe:

{from our friends at TruBee Honey}

Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups milk
{I use 2 percent}

3/4 cup honey
{you can use all but 2 oz. of a 12 oz. TruBee jar, saving the remainder for topping}

dash of salt

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon real vanilla extract

In saucepan, heat milk but don’t burn or “scald” it.
Stir in honey and salt.
Pour small amount of warm liquid into eggs; return to milk mixture and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or less, stirring constantly.
Cool thoroughly.
Stir in cream and vanilla.
Chill.
Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
When serving, drizzle with remaining honey.
Makes about 5 cups and is delicious on a hot summer evening!

Variation: I plan to try it with fresh Georgia peaches this weekend, but strawberries or blueberries would also be good.