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Bees Blessing releases limited-edition Lemon & Thyme Cordial


Bees Blessing has released another very healthy cordial, a limited-edition Lemon & Thyme, made from wild thyme from Central Otago and wild Otago thyme honey.
Photographed by Stephanie Osmond

As with other Bees Blessing cordials, it has been sweetened with honey, not sugar, and has no additives or preservatives.
   Bees Blessing suggests that not only can the cordial be drunk on its own, it can work as an ingredient in cocktails. Below is a sampling of some of the summer cocktail recipes devised by Bees Blessing founder and co-owner, Ian Stewart, and a recipe for lemon and thyme gems.
   Its products are available at Commonsense Organics and Moore Wilson in Wellington, New Zealand, with other locations being sought.

Per glass
Mix in a shaker:
• 2 parts (double nip) whisky
• 1 part vodka
• 3 parts Bees Blessing Lemon & Thyme Cordial
• 6 parts soda
• ice (optional)
Rim a glass with sugar (we used raw organic sugar) and pour.

Summer-Thyme Punch
Per glass:
• put 2-3 tsp Lemon & Thyme Cordial in a glass
• fill with ice and soda water.

Lemon & Thyme Gems
Makes 15
• 25 g butter, melted
• 2 tbsp brown sugar
• 2 tbsp Bees Blessing Lemon & Thyme Cordial
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup plain flour
• 1½ tsp baking powder
• pinch salt
• ½ cup milk
• extra butter

Preheat gem irons in oven at 200°C. Mix butter, sugar and Lemon & Thyme Cordial together in a bowl. Beat in eggs. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add to butter mixture with milk. Mix lightly. Put ½ tsp pieces of butter in hot gem irons and spoon mixture into sizzling butter. Bake for 12 minutes or until light golden brown.


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