Fall is a great time for honey. By this time of year the bees have produced enough to last them the winter and the beekeepers harvest the excess. The flavor of every honey depends on the nectar source of flowers visited by the honeybee, so there are many variations to try!
Honey is delicious as a sweetener and contains carbohydrates and potassium as well as a number of other minerals and vitamins. Honey also has been proven to relieve sore throats and head colds. Since grocery store honey may contain additives or pesticides, and usually has been heated (resulting in loss of nutrients and enzymes), it is best to buy local honey!
You will find honey sellers at John Jay Farmer’s Market and Muscoot Farmer’s Market as well as at Gossett’s Farm Market. You will also find local honey at Table Local Market in Bedford Hills!
These Hudson Valley beekeepers sell honey in our area and sell honey products online:
- Hudson Valley Bee Supply, Kingston, NY
- Remsburger’s NYS Honey, Pleasant Valley, NY
- Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, NY
- Right From the Hive in Slate Hill, NY
- Honeybrook Farms in Gardiner, NY
If you follow food trends, you might already know that micro-distilled/artisan spirits are the number one trend in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Association. Moreover, the Swiss flavor maker Firmenich announced the 2015 Flavor of the Year is officially honey-flavored liquor. So it is no surprise that the local honey liquor distillery is going gangbusters.
KAS Spirits in Mahopac produces small-batch, artisanal liquor distilled with local honey and a blend of spices including vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, caraway seeds, cloves and saffron. This very sweet alcoholic drink, called Krupnikas is popular in Lithuania and Poland.
Since summer of 2014 KAS has been delivering its hand bottled, 80 proof, flavorful liquor to restaurants and liquor stores all over Westchester an beyond. In Bedford alone you will find Krupnikas at Sette e Vente and Bedford Wine Merchants in Bedford Hills and at Peppino’s and Katohnah Wine & Liquor in Katonah.
Here are some KAS cocktail recipes from simple to complex:
Light N’ Honey:
- 2 oz. KAS Krupnikas
- Lemon squeeze
- Top with ginger beer over ice.
- 2 oz. KAS Krupnikas
- 4 oz chilled green tea
- 5oz. lemon juice
- Shake well with ice and pour into a tall glass.
Baltic Sea Bee’s Knees:
- 1 oz KAS Krupnikas
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- 1 oz. KAS Krupnikas
- 2 oz Rye whiskey
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Stir with ice until chilled, then strain into an absinthe-rinsed glass