Honeysuckle Everything

June 6, 2014

The honeysuckle are in bloom! I get so excited when the honeysuckle burst open and give up their intoxicating scent. One of summer’s simple pleasures when you’re a kid is to suck the sweet nectar from a honeysuckle flower.

I love that taste, and I recently found out that I can use honeysuckle flowers to make a simple syrup to sweeten all sorts of drinks. It is so simple. Anyone with access to honeysuckle can whip some up in no time at all.

 

What you need

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup honeysuckle flowers

What to do

  1. Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Make sure all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Turn off the heat, and pour in the flowers. Put a lid on the pan.
  3. Give the mixture a couple of hours to cool and transfer to a glass container with a lid.
  4. Put in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  5. Strain out the honeysuckle flowers and put your honeysuckle simple syrup in smaller bottles. Keep refrigerated.

How can you use the syrup? Here are some ideas.

  • Use it to sweeten iced tea or lemonade.
  • Replace the honey in a Bees Knees cocktails with the honeysuckle simple syrup.
  • Fill a champagne flute about 1/4 of the way full with the syrup and then finish it off with dry sparkling wine or champagne.
  • Play with it. See what types of cocktails you can create or stick some fresh seasonal fruit (like watermelon or cherries) in a blender with ice and some of the syrup to see if you can make a honeysuckle slushee.

The possibilities for this syrup are endless, just like summer’s possibilities!

Pure Love Grows, Donna XOXOXO

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