How to Infuse Honey with Herbs, Spices & Edible Flowers

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Tips for how to infuse honey with delicious flavors from the spice cupboard and garden. Infused honey is simple to make and can be drizzled on warm biscuits, yogurt, oatmeal and savory treats like cheese.

How to subtly flavor honey with sweet herbs and spices. Delicious on yogurt, appetizers, or in desserts and makes great handmade gifts #honeyrecipe #preserving #herbs

If you’ve ever tasted raw, local honey you’ll be amazed at the complexity of its flavor. It’s nothing like the stuff that comes out of squeezy bears. Depending on what the honeybees were foraging on, the honey can even taste naturally of flowers and herbs. That’s right, if honey bees are collecting nectar and pollen from lavender or wildflowers then the honey can taste like it too.

You can create your own even more powerful versions of ‘flower honey’ by infusing honey with your own herbs and spices. Imagine vanilla & cinnamon honey dribbled onto porridge, lavender honey on greek yogurt, or chili honey on goats cheese canap├ęs. Delish!

How to subtly flavor honey with sweet herbs and spices. Delicious on yogurt, appetizers, or in desserts and makes great handmade gifts #honeyrecipe #preserving

Infused Honey Ingredients

Above you’ll find a full video tutorial for this project and below you’ll find the written instructions. Using just a few ingredients and materials, you can make a delicious golden treat for yourself or handmade gifts for your loved ones.

How to subtly flavor honey with sweet herbs and spices. Delicious on yogurt, appetizers, or in desserts and makes great handmade gifts #honeyrecipe #preserving #herbs

Dried Versus Fresh Herbs

There is some discussion over whether it’s safe to use fresh herbs when infusing honey. The short answer is that if you’re making infused honey for other people, then you need to use dried plant material. If you’re making it for yourself and planning on refrigerating it, then by all means use fresh as I’m doing.

Honey is a generally acidic and low oxygen environment and not a hospitable environment for microbes. However, by adding moisture it can encourage the growth of bacteria, fungus, yeast, and viruses including botulism. I’ve not been able to find any cases of adults being affected by botulism in infused honey. However, it’s possible that wet plant material could create habitats for it to grow.

How to infuse honey with herbs, spices, & edible flowers

Another thing, never give any raw honey to infants under eighteen months old. Honey can preserve botulism spores, even if its not growing inside it. Adults and older kids can shake it off but babies, who have less developed immune systems, can become sick.

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How to Make Herb Infused Honey

The process for making infused honey is really very simple. Once made, it can have an indefinite shelf life as honey can last a very long time without any need of artificial preservatives. If you choose to use fresh herbs to infuse in your honey, please refrigerate it and use within a month.

You can also decorate the jars with paper wrappers and bakers twine for gifts. I cut out circles of brown parchment paper 5-1/2″ in diameter and tied them with string. You could also write a personal message on the top of the paper or hang a gift tag from the twine. These tags that look like little jars are so cute!

Step 1: Fill the Jars with herbs and spices

Place your chosen herbs, spices, and flowers into clean and sterilized jars. You can sterilize them by running them through a dishwasher or by placing them in an oven at 130F/54C for 30 minutes. Allow them to come to room temperature before filling.

How to subtly flavor honey with sweet herbs and spices. Delicious on yogurt, appetizers, or in desserts and makes great handmade gifts #honeyrecipe #preserving #herbs

When filling, the general rule is to use 3-6 teaspoons of dried plant material per cup of honey. If you’re using fresh, you can double that amount if you wish. The more herbs and flowers that go in, the stronger the flavor will be. With spices it’s more of a guessing game based on your own experience and taste. A teaspoon of cloves is going to be a lot stronger than a teaspoon of cinnamon stick.

In the video, I show how to make three types of infused honey and this is how much I used for each pint: 2 stems of rosemary; 7 stems of lavender; one vanilla pod, a cinnamon stick, and two cloves.

How to infuse honey with herbs, spices, & edible flowers

Step 2: Fill with Honey

Ladle or pour honey into the jars and fill them up to about 1/4″ from the top. Screw the lids on and place the jars in a warm window to infuse. Every day or so, gently shake the jars to help the flavors infuse. After a week, you can dip a spoon into each and have a little taste. If you want the flavors to be stronger, leave them to infuse for longer. When you’re happy with the flavor, strain the herbs and spices from the honey and discard. If you use ground spices you won’t be able to strain them out so a lighter hand with them will probably be for the best.

Infused honey that I spotted at a farmer’s market

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  1. Hi,

    I don’t want to remove the herbs/flora/spices once I make it, I would rather just keep it in there and allow it to just forever work its magic until I have finished the honey.
    I assume I don’t actually HAVE to remove the infusing items if they are dry ingredients, seen as I’ve bought infused honey from the shelves with the herbs still inside?

    Thank You,

    1. Hi Cas, and yes you can leave your dried herbs inside the honey indefinitely. They’ll probably begin to look a little unpalatable after awhile but they won’t harm the honey or you.

  2. Shreya Parvatkar says:

    i have been reading many , but you have given the best and appropriate method f infusing honey.
    Great to watch the video too.
    Thanks and Regards .

  3. Ethan Hansen says:

    It’s good to know that flowers can add a new level of flavor and color to your honey jars. My wife and I are looking for new gifts to give away at our family reunion and we haven’t considered giving jars of honey away. We’ll be sure to keep this in mind as we find edible flowers!