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How to make mead from beeswax cappings

Mead is a honey-based alcoholic beverage with a very long and colourful history. The Vikings were big into mead, as were the Druids, the Celts, the Saxons and, earlier still, the Neolithic/Iron age  Beaker people. The Vikings drank it out of bull horns as did the Druids, Celts and Saxons. While the Beaker people drank it out of… well… beakers. Continue reading How to make mead from beeswax cappings

Spiced Honey Liqueur

Here’s a recipe for a real winter warmer – and a great way to use up some of your enormous honey harvest!


  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 bruised cardamon pods
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 tbsp grated orange peel
  • 0.5 tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 4 thin slices of ginger
  • 1.5lb mildly flavoured honey
  • Juice of 2 small oranges with enough water to make 1 pint
  • 1 pint Vodka


  1. Put the spices and sliced ginger with the orange juice and water into a stainless steel saucepan;
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes;
  3. Add the orange and lemon peel and the honey;
  4. Bring back to the boil then take off the heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes with the lid on;
  5. Strain through muslin;
  6. Add the Vodka;
  7. Drink – rather nice hot but I think you are supposed to store it away for a bit.
  8. Cheers!
This portrait of Bacchus at the vodka was painted by Jan van Dalen in 1648

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Honey with Gin Innit

Here’s a honey recipe to help you forget your cold or flu or whatever it is that ails you.


  • 50mls gin
  • 15mls lemon juice
  • 10 mls honey
  • 5 mls water


  • Mix all the ingredients together;
  • Pour over 3 ice cubes;
  •  Add a slice of lemon.

Repeat as necessary.

Of course if you have ivy honey – use that, as it is said to be especially good for colds and chesty coughs.


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Chilli Honey Recipe

Here’s a recipe that’ll blow your socks off but you’ll need really hot chillis for this, not those namby-pamby, supermarket chillis.

  • 500g honey
  • 30g of small red-hot chillis
  • Cut the tops off the chillis and chop them up – include the seeds;
  • Stir the chopped chillis into the honey and warm it up to 40-50 degrees C and leave for about 10 minutes;
  • If not hot enough, leave a bit longer or add more chilli;
  • If too hot, remove chillis and add more honey;
  • Strain through muslin or a fine sieve and Bob’s your uncle.

This is really good with grilled meats such as sausages or chicken and even pizza.

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Spring Pollen Substitute

This is a recipe for an emergency pollen substitute (adapted from a Scottish Beekeepers recipe) I used last year. It saved  several hives which would otherwise have fizzled out. This is for early spring use  or when they have run out of pollen.

Please note – when bees become very weak they will not take a pollen substitute; they seem to lose the will to live and only sunshine will save them. Continue reading Spring Pollen Substitute

Beeswax Soap Recipe

I used to think that homemade soap would be a great way to use up some of that beeswax mountain. That is until I started to look into the subject and it turns out to be a bit more complicated than I thought.

For a start there’s the matter of CAUSTIC SODA. Note the capital letters there; those are there as a mark of Respect. When using Caustic Soda, be on your Toes because it is a VERY NASTY chemical indeed. Wear gloves, don’t spill it and don’t blame me if you do. Continue reading Beeswax Soap Recipe