I love how easy infused honey is to make and how many ways you can use it. My favorite use so far is to sweeten cocktails, but there are many others. Make a few mini jars of thyme honey for perfect housewarming gifts, use it in hot or iced tea, or enjoy a spoonful to soothe coughs naturally.
- Sprigs of fresh thyme, washed and dried
- Raw honey, preferably local
- Fill a glass jar roughly half full with fresh thyme. The more thyme you use, the stronger the flavor will be. Cover the thyme with honey and fill to the top. Stir the mixture a bit to coat the herbs with the honey and to remove any air bubbles. Close the jar firmly with a lid and place in a warm spot, preferably by a sunny window to allow the honey to infuse for at least five days. The longer you wait, the more flavorful your honey will be. (If you need a faster method, you can put the honey and thyme in a double boiler and heat at 180°F for 10-15 minutes.)
Chef’s Note: After five days, check to see if the honey smells and tastes like thyme. If it does, then you are done. You can strain the thyme out through a cheesecloth before use, but it’s messy. I prefer to leave the thyme in. Store in a cool cupboard. Herb-infused honey will last for several months.