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Honeysuckle Blossom Iced Tea

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I grew up visiting my family on Cape Cod during the summers and one of my favorite memories were the honeysuckle bushes planted all around the house. We had so much fun picking the blossoms and sucking out the sweet nectar.

A number of years ago we planted a honeysuckle bush near our back deck so that we could continue to enjoy the lovely scent as it bloomed each year. We also have a few other very established bushes in our neighborhood and as I was out walking the other day, the air was filled with the delicate perfume. I started thinking about ways to use the blossoms other than simply appreciating their scent and was pleasantly surprised by a number of recipes as well as notes regarding their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and anti-viral properties. It has traditionally been used to reduce system inflammation, treat colds and flues and aid in lessening symptoms of asthma, sore throat and coughs. Sources here and here 

There are two options for using honeysuckle- The first is making a simple syrup to be used in a plethora of recipes from cocktails to baking to sorbet. The second is steeping the leaves in hot water to create a tea for drinking straight (hot or iced) and adding in your favorite herb or citrus flavors.  Next on our list is trying out a honeysuckle jelly recipe!

 

 

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Honeysuckle Simple Syrup


Course Drinks
Cuisine NW Seasonal
Prep Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups honeysuckle blossoms
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 lemon juiced

Instructions

  1. Pick over blossoms removing any green parts, leaves, stems etc.  Place in heat-proof bowl 

  2. Bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in lemon juice. 

  3. Pour syrup over blossoms, allow to cool then refrigerate 12-24hrs.  

  4. Add syrup to seltzer, cocktails, or substitute for sugar in baking recipes. 

 

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Honeysuckle Blossom Iced Tea


Course Drinks
Cuisine NW Seasonal
Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups honeysuckle blossoms
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Mint springs for garnish optional
  • lemon slice optional
  • 1 tbsp ginger simple syrup or honey

Instructions

  1. Pick over blossoms removing the green parts, leaves, stems etc. 

  2. Place blossoms in a heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water.  Let sit until cool, squeeze in a slice of lemon, then refrigerate overnight. 

  3. Strain blossoms from the tea through a colander or cheesecloth. 

  4. Re-heat or serve over ice and garnish with mint, ginger simple syrup or honey and slice of lemon. 

 

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