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 basketful 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.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup honeysuckle flowers
- 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.