Monday, June 03, 2013

Honeysuckle Syrup

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 Forget memorial day weekend, the scent of honeysuckle in the breeze is the first sign of summer for me. Sweet and floral, it has to be one of the most gorgeous smells of all time.

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Last week, my friend Bethany and I were standing in the woods, picking honeysuckle flowers and tasting the sweet nectar and laughing and discussing life and it was one of those perfect moments that don't come along very often. I know that from now on, when I smell that first whiff of honeysuckle, I'll think of that moment.

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I'll also think of Bethany and my sister Sarah happily rambling through the thickets and briars and poison ivy with me a few days later when I decided I needed a whole bunch of the blossoms to make up this syrup. You know you've got good friends when they'll put up with plenty of bug bites for your crazy recipe ideas.

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Honeysuckle syrup might just be the best thing ever.  It's like concentrated nectar, bottled summertime. I made sweet tea with it and brought it to bible study, and everyone loved it. I can't wait until I have time to make honeysuckle sorbet.

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Honey, honeysuckle breeze, and Lord, release my wild soul.

Honeysuckle Simple Syrup

4 cups honeysuckle blossoms, lightly packed
water
sugar

Place blossoms in a bowl, pour over just enough boiling water to cover them. Cover, and let sit on the counter over night, up to 24 hours.


After steeping the flowers (they will look totally gross and brown, but smell amazing), strain the liquid into a large bowl, discarding the blossoms. Measure the liquid and place into a large saucepan. For each cup of water, use one cup of sugar.  Bring sugar and water to a boil and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. 

The syrup should keep for up to a month in the fridge.

80 comments:

  1. This syrup sounds amazing! When I was a kid, I used to sit on this huge gate covered in honeysuckle and just spend the day eating the nectar! Such fond memories. Every time I smell them, I think of those childhood days.
    have a great week
    Lisa

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  2. Mmmm ... love, love, LOVE!! This sounds so great! I've been planning on continuing to cook & bake this summer, and hopefully this will make it onto my list of things to try! These pictures are beautiful, and so is your writing.

    Ahhh, I can just smell the honeysuckle! :)

    Blessings & Grace in Christ,

    Rachel

    http://mysunkissedfarm.wordpress.com/

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  3. Ah! This is the best stuff ever...I've been working of a post of my own featuring it! So just know that I swear I'm not a copy cat...great minds! I've been making it like *crazy* & incorporating it into everything I can...marshmallows, buttercream, vinaigrette... you name it. It's a childhood dream come true. Also, the backlit honeysuckle photos are amazing & put mine to shame!

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  4. this sounds phenominal and these stills are likewise amazing! I have a flowering thicket in our garden, although I don't really know if there would be enough to make this. we'll see, because honeysuckle syrup + iced tea sounds simply divine. *smiles* thank you for sharing! I love your blog.

    blessings | grace
    come stop for a cuppa iced tea @ gracesgardenwalk.blogspot.com

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  5. I just love this. A honeysuckle crown and honeysuckle syrup! Could anything be sweeter?

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  7. I never knew you could use honeysuckle in cooking - what an absolutely gorgeous idea!

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  8. If only I could find honeysuckle in Scottsdale, AZ...

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  9. Time spent outside, especially if it's with friends and your camera, is the best time, isn't it :).

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  10. Oh I love honeysuckle! We had a huge bush of pink blossoms in the yard of my home growing up- the aroma was intoxicating! Beautiful post!

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  11. We used to have a honeysuckle in my garden when I was a child - I haven't thought about it for years but it is just such a perfect summer scent. I love the idea of making it into a syrup and capturing that taste.

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  12. I loved this post - it's how talk of honeysuckles should be: slightly magical and full of wonderment. When I was little, my dad told me that if I ate honeysuckles, they would have to take me to the hospital and have my stomach pumped. (I imagined someone shoving a hose down my throat and sucking my stomach out.) I still ate the nectar from the little blossoms, but I was always a little scared that I was gambling with my life. I much prefer your approach. :)

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  13. I always love your posts and photos. This sounds amazing.

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  14. I love recipes for foods that are foraged! Honeysuckle! Who knew?

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  15. Loving this. I use to be bad and pulled the honeysuckles apart just to taste that tiny bit of nectar. Yum!

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  16. Every time I come to a new post at your site, I just want to take a deep breath and drink it all in. Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

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  17. You're photography is always so beautiful. This syrup looks absolutely divine, I'll definitely have to try it out sometime!

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  18. Wow, I had no idea you could make syrup from honeysuckle! Sounds heavenly, just heavenly!

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  19. Found your blog this morning...wow so gorgeous! I have added your blog link to my favorite blogs list! Your photography is awesome!

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  20. You've created the perfect summery food! I adore honeysuckle as well- I remember when it came into bloom growing up and we'd eat the blossoms. Such a happy smell! Cannot wait to make this syrup!

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  21. Wow - gotta try this one out! Sounds like it'd make some tasty summer drinks. :)

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  22. Hey Hannah! Thanks so much for this sweet post... both story-wise, and recipe-wise! haha:) I love seeing your beautiful pictures and reading about the fun adventures in your life.
    I also want to thank you for the link to Wild Soul.. It's a great song! In fact, it was the inspiration for my blog post.. so, since credit is due to you, I just wanted to let you know you will be mentioned at redroseintherain.blogspot.com...
    Thanks again
    -Samantha (TheRedLady)

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  23. Oh my gosh! That looks amazingly delish! Perfect way to bottle up summer!

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  24. I used to live in Virginia, where the honeysuckle scent was everywhere. Here In Wisconsin, honeysuckle is rampant (and blooming right now), but it has no scent. Would it still work?

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  25. Oh, goodness! I have to try this! My 7yo asks all winter when it will be time for the honeysuckles to bloom again! Happy to have found your blog via Food in Jars. :)

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  26. What?! This sounds amazing! LOVE these photos - just plain gorgeous. :)

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  27. Amazing pictures! The syrup looks so yummy... I'm going to have to make some! :)

    ~Hannah Diane

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  28. Thank you for this lovely post! I am going to collect some honeysuckle this weekend -- can't wait! I also shared this with my Facebook followers :)
    Tara @ the Olfactory
    www.theolfactoryevents.com

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  29. Oh wow, this just sounds lovely! Love the pics, they capture the perfect afternoon you all had :)

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  30. Your blog is one of my favorites on the Internet. I love your photographs.

    Sandra Brooks McCravy
    http://mylifeinscripture.blogspot.com/

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  31. Wow, honeysuckle syrup? Looks yummy!! Great photography btw, I love to pick some fresh fruits in a garden, it just feels so fulfilling that you'll be able to prepare your own food which was handpicked by you yourself. :)

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  35. wow!! The syrup looks yum!
    :) Liz @ www.rusticpeach.com

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  40. Well, I just learnt something. Never even thought of using honey suckle before. Great read and lovely post.

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  41. Beautiful photos, and a lovely recipe! This is making me realize it's time to wring out all the last bits of joy out of summer, and what a perfect way than to make this gorgeous syrup with family and friends. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Never tried honeysuckle syrup before but I heard it's pretty easy to make. Been busy managing a Chinese Restaurant in Capalaba area but I love a good syrup recipe, I will try this one out thanks!

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