about folk method oxymels
DANIKA HINTON - OL' LADY CHEF; KITCHEN HERBALIST; ASPIRING AUTHOR OF RAD COOKBOOKS; DIPLOMA OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES.
When working a regular job prevented me from meeting my young son's needs I knew I had to create something of our own that would give me the freedom to support him. Oxymels have been a staple in my home for years whether used for delivering herbal medicine to little people, diluted as healthy herbal sodas, or mixed into enchanting cocktails for friends; they have always been popular. Drawing from my cooking career, a decade of herbal and botany study and my love for creating delicious potions, I began to develop recipes for oxymels and honey-sweetened fruit shrubs. My first batches offered for sale were a hit so I kept on going and grew.
WHAT DOES "FOLK METHOD" MEAN?
"Folk method" refers to the way one creates a herbal preparation. Rather than weighing and measuring ingredients exactly, the folk method of preparing such concoctions is more intuitive and simple. Each ingredient is added by volume ratios to the brewing vessel. That's it! Nice and easy, perfect for creative brewing.
OUR OXYMELS + HONEY SHRUBS
Oxymels are a traditional herbal preparation made of botanicals infused in vinegar and honey. Traditional shrubs are very similar, seasonal fruits are left to macerate in sugar and vinegar. The resulting concentrate mixes with water into a refreshingly sweet and tangy drink. We swapped out the sugar for local, raw honey, and add botanicals that compliment the flavours of the fruits and berries we use creating our own unique "honey shrubs."
Folk Method Oxymels feature the bounty of British Columbia, crafting nutrient dense tonics with regional honeys, botanicals, fruits and vegetables macerated in organic apple cider vinegar. Our brews can be enjoyed straight from a spoon, diluted in still or soda water, added to your favourite recipes, or used to boost your kombucha and water kefir. Our favourite way to use oxymels? Create superlative nourishing cocktails or mocktails and share the love with friends.
Through developing relationships with caring land stewards, beekeepers, and organic family farms we can feature their botanicals and honeys in our fresh, seasonal oxymels and honey shrubs. This creates a truly regional product, within a model of business that thrives on community over competition.