Honeysuckle Simple Syrup
Work is getting harder and harder to focus on now that it’s SUNNY outside. Is anyone else having that problem? I believe I have a serious case of spring fever. By the time noon rolls around all I want to do is jump in my beetle, drop the top and go joy riding. Back roads, cow pastures (“If I’m gonna hit a traffic jam, well it better be a tractor man”) blue skies, hair in the wind equals happiness.
Thank goodness I get good gas mileage because this is my most every afternoon lately. I also now am sporting quite the farmer’s tan. Be jealous. It’s hawt. LOL.
While I was be-bopping down the back roads last week, the smell of honeysuckle wafted through the air and was so intoxicating it had my mind swirling with ideas. Drinks flavored with a honeysuckle simple syrup sounded divine. As soon as I got home, I put on my boots (you never know what will be on the ground out there and slithering things freak me out which should tell you I was on a mission to get these honeysuckle) went into the woods behind my house and collected a basket full of honeysuckle flowers. I couldn’t help myself but to enjoy a few on the walk back. It’s hard to be unhappy when you’re eating honeysuckles. Go ahead and try.
A simple syrup is just that, simple. If you can bring something to a boil you can make simple syrup. The hardest part will be deciding what to mix up first with your new concoction.
We’ve got a Watermelon Honeysuckle Cocktail (can also be made as a mocktail for the littles) coming your way later this week. It is the first of many sweet summer libations. Cheers.
What You Will Need:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup honeysuckle flowers
What To Do:
- Into a sauce pan bring sugar and water to boil. Whisk to combine.
- Remove from heat. Add flowers. Once mixture is room temperature transfer syrup to a glass container and seal. Refrigerate.
- Strain flowers prior to using.
Wow, this sounds perfect for late spring cocktails!
do you use this for a tea or what? sounds interesting
I used it to make a Watermelon Honeysuckle Cocktail that I’ll be posting later this week. I think it would be fantastic mixed with tea.
I can’t wait to find some honeysuckle and make this syrup, it looks amazing!!!
Matt Robinson says
Love this syrup, Paula. Can’t wait to see that cocktail. Reminds me of summer!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
What do you normally use this in?? I’d love to try it!
Baby June says
Honeysuckle syrup sounds awesome, such a fresh and unique flavor! I’ll have to try this sometime–I bet it would make a great soak for a cake. 🙂
Ginny McMeans says
How cool!!! I love the honeysuckle instead of rose hips. Very smart!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Oh Paula, I bet your farmers tan is super hot! 😉 haha. But oh I just am in love with this! I have tons of childhood memories of finding and eating honeysuckles! I bet this makes some of the BEST drinks!
Lana Manis says
We have honeysuckle in bloom right now so I will be trying it this week! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine says
Paula, if I see that little beetle coming at me with blond hair blowing, I’ll know to pull over and make way for you 🙂 Scott and I walk every morning and at the end of our street when we turn the corner, suddenly a blast of honeysuckle fragrance hits us broadside. It’s so wonderful. What a great idea to capture it in a simple syrup. It’s so pretty too!
OMG what an AMAZING idea!
I’d love some cocktail ideas for it 🙂
We have a TON o’ honeysuckle in the woods behind our house! Now I wanna pick it!!
Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says
Absolutely yes yes yes. Spring fever/summer fever/I need to escape fever hits big time. And also, I LOVE this recipe! Honeysuckles remind me so much of being a kid, this is perfect!
Colleen (Souffle Bombay) says
Shut up, Shut up, shut up!!!! My favorite smell in the world (besides a brand new baby) is the intoxicating smell of honeysuckles! Last summer I was trying to figure out how to cook with them! YOU ARE A GENIUS!!
THIS is the most exciting post I have seen all year…anywhere! Oh and swing by and pick me up one of these days…Bucks County PA in the Spring is gorgeous and I have yet to ever ride in a Bug!
Maria | Pink Patisserie says
I’ve got a honeysuckle bush growing in my garden and I’ve never done anything with it. Now I know exactly what I’m going to do!! I cannot wait for it to start blooming and for that cocktail recipe that’s coming. Perfection!
Nikki@ NikSnacks says
Yes, 1000 times YES to this syrup! Of all the things I love about Spring and early summer, honeysuckle is number 1-99 on the list.
What an incredible idea! I love honeysuckle and it grows like crazy around here. I can’t wait to have some of this in my next glass of tea!
Jen Thames says
How long does it keep? Thanks!
Hi Jen, You can store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
What an incredible idea!! I love floral flavors, and right now, my town is *covered* in honeysuckle. The smell is just intoxicating – I can’t wait to go out and pick some!
Coleen @ The Redhead Baker says
Mmmm, I can almost smell the honeysuckle through the screen! I could do so much with this syrup!
Gorgeous! Now I need to be bop down a road and find me some honeysuckle!
And I thought I had tried it all putting honeysuckle into almost everything I make! What a great idea! Thanks for the idea! I bet it tastes divine!
Jennifer Krouse says
Hi! I’ve seen on a different post that the green bits at the ends should be snipped off. I am not sure why. Does your honeysuckle simple syrup taste bitter at all? I’d like to avoid that whole process if I can! Thank you!