Does Lavender and Honey go Together?
It’s no secret that bees have a love affair with lavender and so this little recipe is a marriage made in heaven. Lavender infused in wild flower honey is so sweetly floral and works perfectly to delicately sweeten tea.
You can also use this wonderful honey to sweeten desserts, add to fruit salads, yogurt, granola or try making it into a lavender honey simple syrup for your favourite fruity cocktails, iced tea recipes and in delicious lavender honey lattes too.
If you love tea recipes as much as I do, try adding a spoonful of homemade lavender infused honey to one of these teas:
Lavender Honey vs Lavender Infused Honey
You can, of course, buy lavender honey rather than making lavender infused honey. Lavender honey is the honey made by bees that have collected pollen and nectar from lavender flowers. The taste of lavender honey is very floral with light lavender notes as you would most probably expect. This recipe is for infusing dried lavender into wildflower honey for a more intense lavender flavour. Plus lavender honey can be a little expensive, making infused lavender honey will save you a few pennies.
Does Wildflower Honey Taste Different?
I’m wild about wild flower honey. Unlike other types of honey, the taste is always slightly different depending on the season and the location of the bees. The taste will always be very delicate and floral, however subtle changes can be noted on varying factors such as the location and the season. Organic wild flower honey is perfect for baking and to use in tea as the taste is so gracefully gentle, it doesn’t overpower any of the other flavour components.
I recently read a shocking article on the authenticity of honey, and surprisngly lots of brands of honey aren’t really real. For honey to be the real deal, it has to contain pollen and no additives or hidden nasties. Here is an interesting article on how to tell if the honey you are buying is a fake.
How do you Make Lavender Infused Honey From Scratch?
Making lavender infused honey from scratch is as simple as warming the honey just enough so that it is liquid, but not enough that it burns or changes the taste of the honey. Add the lavender and allow to infuse for at least 8 hours. You may need to warm the honey up again to strain out the lavender flowers. Remembering to just warm the honey so that the flavour of the honey doesn’t change. Use a fine mesh strainer or sieve to strain the honey.
How to Make Simple Syrup From Scratch
Making lavender simple syrup is super easy and the next step if you would like to add the lavender honey flavour into cocktails, mocktails and cold drinks. Simple syrup mixes much easier in cold liquids than honey. To make lavender simple syrup, use 1 part honey and 1 part water. In a saucepan and over a medium heat mix the lavender infused honey and water and keep stirring until everything has combined, this will take around five minutes. Remove from the heat and pour into a mason jar. Once cooled, store in the fridge and use in all your favourite cocktails and mocktails.
1 Cup of Wild Flower Honey
2 Tablespoons of Dried Lavender
In a small saucepan, warm the honey and stir in the dried lavender. Continue to gently heat for around 3 minutes to infuse the flavours, keep stirring and do not allow the honey to bubble or burn.
Set aside and to cool. After 8 hours (or overnight) of additional infusing, gently warm up the infused honey over a low heat. Again do not allow to bubble or burn as this will change the flavour of the honey.
To strain out the lavender flowers, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a mason jar.
Store in a cool, dry place, and use in all your favourite tea recipes :)
- 1 Cup of Wild Flower Honey
- 2 Tablespoons of Dried Lavender
- In a small saucepan, warm the honey and stir in the dried lavender. Continue to gently heat for around 3 minutes to infuse the flavours, keep stirring and do not allow the honey to bubble or burn.
- Set aside and to cool. After 8 hours (or overnight) of additional infusing, gently warm up the infused honey over a low heat. Again do not allow to bubble or burn as this will change the flavour of the honey.
- To strain out the lavender flowers, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a mason jar.
- Store in a cool, dry place, and use in all your favourite tea recipes :)
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