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Banana Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

30ml Star of Bombay

10ml Banane du Brésil liqueur

20ml Fresh lemon juice

20ml Honey water (3 parts honey, 1 part water)

50ml Champagne

Method:

Step 1:

Shake lightly with ice then strain into a coupe, top with the Champagne.

Step 2:

Garnish with a fresh orange zest.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

HOW TO MAKE HONEY WATER

Use warm water so it’s easier to blend with the honey. Pour the specific amount of warm water into a cup or cocktail shaker if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise. Spoon into the warm water the specific amount of honey. Stir. That’s it!

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

Apricot Fix Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

15ml Sage infused honey water
(3 parts honey, 1 part water, infused with fresh sage)

25ml Fresh lime juice

5ml Green Chartreuse

10ml Apricot liqueur

35ml Woodford Reserve

Method:

Step 1:

Build in a rocks glash and churn with crushed ice.

Step 2:

Garnish with dried apricot and 2 fresh sage leaves.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

HOW TO MAKE HONEY WATER

Use warm water so it’s easier to blend with the honey. Pour the specific amount of warm water into a cup or cocktail shaker if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise. Spoon into the warm water the specific amount of honey. Stir. That’s it!

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

Hunny’s Lemonade Alcohol-Free Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

40ml Honey water (3 parts honey, 1 part water)

20ml Fresh lemon juice

20ml Fresh lime juice

100ml Soda water

Method:

Step 1:

Build in a highball glass with ice.

Step 2:

Served in a highball glass with a ginger candy garnish.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

Delicious Artisan Loaf Recipe

Freshly baked, warm bread with butter and raw honey is, simply – divine.

There is absolutely nothing better paired with honey than freshly baked bread and nothing more evocative than the smell! Enjoy this crusty, light, fluffy artisan bread loaf while it’s still warm, with butter and raw, British honey.

Ingredients:

700g malted grain strong bread flour

300g strong white spelt flour (or regular strong white flour)

10g dried yeast

16g salt

Method:

Tip everything into a large bowl making sure the salt doesn’t touch the yeast as this might kill it.

Add 630ml warm water and mix together to form a wet, sticky dough.

Tip the dough onto a work surface and knead for 20minutes. You can use a free-standing mixer for this if you’d prefer. It should become less sticky and more silky as you knead.

Cover the bowl with cling film and leave the dough to double in size (usually 2 hours). Deflate the dough by tapping it back to its original size in the bowl, cover once more and leave for another couple of hours to rise again.

Divide the dough into two equal pieces and, using floured hands, shape each piece into a round (or whatever shaped loaf you’d like). Transfer the loaves onto floured baking trays, dust with flour, cover with a tea-towel and leave to prove for around 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 230C, boil the kettle and set a roasting tin in the bottom of your oven.

When the loaves are ready, pour the boiling water into the roasting tin and put your loaves in the oven. It’s important to do this quickly (but carefully!) because the steam from the boiling water will help the bread rise and crust up beautifully.

Bake for 45 minutes then remove and cool completely before slicing and slathering with honey.

Recipe by Kathy Slack; food writer, supper club host, cookery teacher and private chef.

Position Statement on the keeping of honeybees

Bees & Co. was founded by honeybee farmer, Jez Rose. A student of the Cornell University Master Beekeeper program, our beekeeping practice is ethical, sustainable and science-led. There are many inaccurate reports regarding managed honeybees and its ethics; this position statement aims to set out our position on our approach to managing honeybee colonies and some of the most common misinformation surrounding managed honeybees.

Nature Works – the neuroscience behind nature

Nature works on our brain at a neurological level, improving not only our happiness and calmness but our ability to concentrate and be productive.

As part of a new series of videos on my YouTube channel and on social media (@ThatJezRose) celebrating #WorkplaceWednesday; how nature can help businesses thrive and employees feel great, and just what impact does nature have on our health, wellbeing and behaviour?

There are many things that stimulate our brains to produce “feel good” chemicals that in turn help us to feel happier, calmer and reduce stress – in turn allowing us to be more productive, focused and energised. Some of those are obviously chemical but there’s a whole host our body naturally produces and which can be stimulated by specific factors.

I believe one of the most remarkable things about nature, available to every employer – and employee! – to harness is the entirely free ability to improve and change human behaviour. Reconnecting harmoniously with the natural world, both in and out of work results in healthier, happier, productive, efficient and ultimately more profitable

Why CSR and Why Now? Sustainability As a Source of Connection in Crisis

Why CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)?

In short – why not? Aside from any ethical or moral arguments, starting a journey to becoming g a “responsible business”; taking into consideration ways your organisation can help others, or at least champion or support good causes, is actually a smart and considered commercial decision, too. According to Business Case for Purpose, companies with a clearly defined sense of purpose are up to 50% more likely to successfully expand into a new market. 

Actively creating a sustainability project, or considering how your business might be seen to be more responsible, engages existing employees; is more attractive to graduates and individuals with a greater sense of work ethic, and is welcomed by key stakeholders as a sign of future protection. It’s also a PR and marketing department’s dream!

Why Now?

In any time of uncertainty; period of change, or moment of reflection, humans need something to believe in: something to positively capture our attention and inspire us. Off the back of Brexit, our attention is now dominated by Corona virus. While both

Our Famous Honey Flapjacks

These delicious flapjacks with honey at their heart won’t stay around for long!

The secret is finally out! Our friend and chef, Kathy, has been baking these ultra-delicious, soft, chewy, tasty flapjacks for us for some time now and we’ve been sending them out as gifts to rapturous response!

Finally we’ve conceded to share the secret recipe

Corona Crisis Sees Surge in Responsible Businesses Adopting Beehives

The Coronavirus has put a stop to a lot of things, but it’s also shined a spotlight on the importance of finding innovative ways to maintain engagement with staff and stakeholders, whilst simultaneously embracing novel methods of cutting through a lot of noise to ensure your brand and its values continue to be seen.

Adopting a bee hive provides a corporate social responsibility (CSR) solution with maximum environmental impact.

Here on my farm, we’ve been providing businesses the opportunity to adopt working honeybee hives for three years now. In that time we’ve worked with clients from a wide range of sectors: hospitality; creative; retail, and automotive, including The Ned hotel in London; Tom Sellers’ Michelin-starred Restaurant Story and Sophie Allport. We’ve attracted some of the most iconic brands in Britain, but one thing that connects them all is the realisation just how important it is to be able to demonstrate in what ways they are a responsible business. Simply talking about “doing your bit” is no longer enough – you need to be seen to be acting, and with a clearly positive outcome.

According to Business Case for Purpose, companies with a clearly defined sense of purpose are up to 50% more likely to successfully expand into a new market.

Fortunately, my work as a conference host and consulting on behaviour insight has brought me up close to business challenges. It was this that helped show me exactly what my clients needed, and we were fortunate

Top Tips for Maximising Digital Conferencing

If you’ve cancelled your company conference, or postponed a live training or development event due to the Coronavirus concerns, you’ll know all too well that you’re also faced with a broader challenge: how to maintain employee and stakeholder engagement; inspiration and networking, and distribute key messages or education.

While there are many communication opportunities that exist, from internal social media like Yamma, and distributed newsletters, one of the popular topics right now is digital conferencing as more organisations ask the question: “can we continue with our conference plans but online?”.

The reality is that, despite the