When Ames Russell created the first batch of hot Southern honey in 2015, he drew on the tradition of generations of Appalachian Russell's and his grandfather, also named Ames, who always had a dish of honeycomb on his farm table for guests. This first batch—a mixture of sweet clover and floral wildflower honey with Mexican bird's beak (de árbol) chili peppers—was such a hit with friends and family who received it for Christmas, he eventually left a day job to devote his life to honey. The results have been, well, sweet—and hot!
Raw, pure Wildflower and Clover honeys, AR’s Hot Southern Honey Original (HOT-MILD) and new (HOT-HOT) - pepper infused honeys, are thoughtfully made without syrupy additives (high fructose corn syrup), vinegar or tasteless pepper extracts.
Their products are flavorful accompaniments to fried chicken, cheese and crackers, and as glazes on grilled salmon, pork tenderloin or chicken wings. They can also be used in marinades, vinaigrettes or drizzled on yogurt, ice cream and pizza.