Hot honey is having a moment, and we are ready for a drink laced with this magic: hot honey cider.
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In case you haven't heard, hot honey is having a moment. Whether it's drizzled on top of a flatbread, displayed on a charcuterie board, or even given as a cute hostess gift, we're seeing hot honey in homes all over the South. It's even popping up at national establishments like Trader Joe's and Hardee's. What is the draw of this sticky hot elixir? It's got to be the hot-sweet balance that lures us in, delighting the palate and packing an ordinary dish with just a bit more punch.

The folks at Austin Eastciders have taken note. They are now creating the seasonal sipper of our dreams—Hot Honey Cider. Run, don't walk to the cidery's restaurant, Austin Eastciders at Barton Springs: The Hot Honey Cider is only available as a seasonal treat. According to the brand's press release, this cider "combines smoky pepper and honey flavors with a slight kick of heat." The cider starts with the restaurant's homemade smoked, spicy honey with a light, crisp apple cider for a cozy blend that's perfect for the colder seasons.

If you're able to get your hands on some Hot Honey Cider, The Austin Eastciders Cider Masters recommend pairing it with pepperoni pizza, soft cheeses like brie and camembert, or pork and roasted veggies. Those are a few of our favorite things! Can't make it to the Barton Springs Restaurant? You can still get a taste of Austin Eastciders' signature flavors by ordering online.

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Honey is versatile and should be a staple in your pantry. It makes homemade dressing a real treat, it can sweeten up a vegetable in a subtle way, and it's an absolute necessity when it comes to making barbecue sauce. This flavor trend has us all coming at honey from a different angle, and loving every taste of it. Winnie-the-Pooh never had it so good.

Should you want to make your own hot honey, our recipe will satisfy your curiosity and get you hooked on how to best use this sticky additive. Perhaps mixing it into a cocktail by creating your own shrub recipe would do, or you could just as easily use it to refresh your margarita game.