Turns out self-care can come in a tall, slim bottle.

By Oset Babür
August 28, 2020
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After all the cooking I’ve been doing at home during the past few months, I’ve noticed that my pantry essentials have shifted. Among some thrilling upgrades to my spice rack and better olive oil, I’ve also found Red Clay’s hot honey to be a regular part of my weeknight cooking. You might feel hesitant about hot honey, and I understand –– initially, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this slim, smartly branded bottle that claimed to be a little sweet and a little spicy. With nothing but time and nervous energy on my hands, I started experimenting with the Georgia-born honey. 

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To buy: Red Clay Hot Honey, $10 at amazon.com

For me––and likely for you, too––pizza was the gateway into hot honey heaven. I started cautiously drizzling atop slices of my preferred toppings (salami, anchovies, kalamata olives, and arugula). That went well, so I moved on to salad dressing –– my go-to vinaigrette of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and cracked pepper needed some complexity, and a teaspoon of hot honey certainly delivered. A few weeks later, I found myself reaching for Red Clay as I roasted carrots and brussels sprouts and whipped up a simple marinade of white miso and soy sauce for salmon. 

What I expected to be one of the many, many condiments in my fridge that I reach for once every few months has turned into my preferred upgrade for most of the recipes in my repertoire. Those basic weeknight dishes now feel a little more luxurious. When a good friend of mine mentioned that she’d been gifted a bottle of hot honey but had no idea what to do with it, I was surprised by my impulse to launch into what felt like a cross between slightly unhinged enthusiasm and being a full-on influencer. In the end, this hot honey has turned my 30-minute mechanical cooking routines into something a little shinier, creative, and special––what could be better than that, right now?

Credit: Red Clay

To buy: Red Clay Hot Honey, $10 at amazon.com