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
- Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Make sure all the sugar has dissolved.
- Turn off the heat, and pour in the flowers. Put a lid on the pan.
- Give the mixture a couple of hours to cool and transfer to a glass container with a lid.
- Put in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
- 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