Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Drink | 0 comments

Perhaps my favorite part of a warm summer day is walking down the street when the wind carries a sweet smell directly towards you, engaging all of your senses. Ah, honeysuckles! These beautiful vines attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and bloom heavily in the spring and throughout the summer. Savor these warm days by making a honeysuckle simple syrup at home to use in cocktail recipes (adapted from www.bellalimento.com).

Honeysuckle Simple Syrup

Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 cup honeysuckle flowers

Directions
Bring sugar and water to boil in a small saucepan, whisk to combine.
Remove from heat and add honeysuckle flowers.
Test mixture to ensure it is at room temperature.
Transfer to a glass mason jar or container with air-tight lid. Seal and refrigerate.
Strain honeysuckle flowers before using.

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Once you have created your honeysuckle simple syrup, the rest is easy! Adapted from a Garden & Gun cocktail, I bring you the Sparkling Summer Cup recipe. Simply keep some chilled champagne on hand and you can enjoy these wonderful flavors well into those hot summer days.

Sparkling Summer Cup

Ingredients
1 tablespoon Honeysuckle Simple Syrup (recipe above)
4.5 ounces chilled champagne
1 fresh honeysuckle flower (for garnish)

Directions
Place honeysuckle simple syrup into the bottom of a champagne glass. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with flower.

Another refreshing cocktail is a spin on the Bee’s Knees.

Bee’s Knees

Ingredients
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce honeysuckle simple syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 fresh honeysuckle flower (for garnish)

Directions
Shake in a cocktail shaker full of ice and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with honeysuckle flower.