With all the autumn vibes in the air, I’m like a squirrel, shoring up medicines and herbal treats to be enjoyed during the snow-heavy days of dark winter.
Benjamin from Pixie Mead recently gifted me a bottle of farm-crafted sustainable spirits distilled from honey, a taste of the first batch from the new venture Spirit of the Hive!
The power of these ethical spirits is obvious from the first sip as you can easily detect the sweetness and love that went into this high- proof alcohol spirit.
While most spirit production involves destruction of wild habitat to produce grain or sugar, Honey Shine benefits the wild plants through their pollination and concentrates the energy of fertility and fecundity in its creation.
I was so immediately taken with this Honey Shine that I wanted to make a special liqueur that I knew would be sipped and treasured all winter long.
And now I’m excited to share this recipe with you! And I highly recommend sourcing ethical spirits, like Honey Shine, for your special batches of herbal medicines.
Visit this link to get your bottle of Honey Shine Spirits. They also offer exceptional raw honey here.
One of the delights of herbal medicine is bottling up seasonal tastes. These potions are often ephemeral in nature. Sure, you can follow the same recipe again, but each season and year brings different flavors and memories.
This spicy homemade herbal liqueur gathers some of my favorite autumn flavors like dandelion root, hawthorn, and rose hips, and combines them with the spicy aromatics of ginger, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon. The result is a homemade herbal liqueur blend that supports your heart and digestion.
This recipe is very amenable to substitutions. Play with the ingredients to find what suits you best! If you don’t have Honey Shine spirits you can use another 190-proof, ethically sourced spirit (or a lower proof and omit the water).
Yield: 3 cups
Place all the herbs and spices into a 1-liter or 1-quart glass jar.
Add the honey, spirits, and water. If necessary, continue to fill the jar with half spirits and water until it is full.
Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well. Label. Continue to shake often each day.
Taste after two weeks to determine next steps. It could be delicious as is. Or you could choose to let it steep more, add more spices, etc.
When ready, enjoy this in small sips before or after a meal.
P.S. For full transparency, Benjamin, who happens to be my neighbor, did gift me a bottle of Honey Shine, but I am not sharing affiliate links. I’m simply smitten with these hive offerings and think you will be too. Enjoy!
Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Healand co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.