Izzy’s Perfect pairing – Harissa & Honey Hot Wings

This was my first taste of mead and initially, I was unsure what to pair with this beautiful Loxwood Meadworks bottle. Delightfully surprised by its crisp and refreshing acidity, I wanted to find the perfect accompaniment for its citrus tang and subtle honey sweetness.

While smoked cheddar cheese was a delicious match, I found that the ultimate food pairing involved a kick of spice. Sweet and spicy is a great combo in wine pairing, however, too much heat with a high alcohol content can be potent; both amplify each other. At 12%, the alcohol content of the mead is similar to an average white wine, which for really spicy food such as a hot curry could be too high.

With this in mind, my perfect pairing includes a subtle heat, along with flavours to compliment the honey and citrus notes of the mead. My recipe for Harissa & Honey Hot Chicken Wings is a harmonious match, incorporating warm harissa spices and hot pepper sauce with honey and lime juice in the sticky glaze. I enjoyed these with griddled halloumi and flatbreads.

Harissa & Honey Hot Wings Recipe

Makes 8 chicken wings. For a vegan option substitute the chicken for cauliflower florets.


– 30g Cornflour 

– 30g Plain flour 

– 2 tsp Cumin 

– 2 tsp Smoked paprika

– 500g Chicken wings

– Spray oil

– 1 tbsp Harissa paste

– 2 tsp Hot pepper sauce 

– 1 tbsp honey

– ½ Lime juiced


– Pre-heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

– In a bowl, mix together the flours, cumin, paprika plus season, then tip in the chicken wings and toss until fully coated. Put the wings onto a large rack above a large baking tray, with a little space around each. Spray the wings with oil then cook for 45 minutes or until crispy.

– When the chicken is almost cooked, add the harissa paste, hot sauce, honey and lime juice into a small pan and simmer, then take off the heat.

– Once the wings are crispy, coat them with the harissa hot sauce and toss until covered, then serve.


Blog post, recipe and imagery from @wattersons_wine_club

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