Its honeysuckle season…. oh man, when you walk by a particularly flower laden bush, the smell…. it’s like every day of your childhood and every minute of jumping through waves, and carrying frogs and trying to catch bunnies all rolled into one delicious smell. I always thought that the honeysuckle grew on the actual hedges, but it’s really a separate vine that climbs through the hedges, or climbs a fence.
I’m thinking about making honeysuckle lemonade. I thought of it the other day while walking by a bush and googled it. I only found one recipe.
I think you basically clean the flowers, and then put them into a pitcher with your favorite lemonade recipe.
Juice of 1-2 lemons
Sugar to taste (1 tbsp is good)
Pitcher full of water
Handful of Honeysuckles
Supposedly sliced ginger adds a great zing to the mix.
Stir them together and let them soak in the fridge.
I haven’t tried this yet, but I will. My husband is telling me I need to spike it with something and that honey liquor is the right thing for this drink. (Obviously. We are definitely drinking enthusiasts here at the Cohen house! Have you noticed that the only recipes I ever post are for drinks or salads? Not a coincidence.)
Apparently, you can also make your own honey liquor:
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-inch piece of orange zest, pith removed (optional)
- 1 stick cinnamon (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
Cook the honey, water, orange zest, and cinnamon over medium heat stirring frequently, until it is integrated into a syrup, about 5 minutes. Let cool, with the orange zest and cinnamon still in the pot. Scrape off any white foam.
Once the syrup has cooled, remove the zest and cinnamon. Then combine the honey syrup and vodka in a sealable glass jar, seal, and shake. Serve immediately, or for better flavor, allow to rest for a minimum of 12 hours. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
Let’s all try it and report back.
UPDATE: I tried it. You need to let the honeysuckle sit in the lemonade for hours to get a taste out of it. Soooooo it’s a nice idea, but not that life altering. Still a cute little touch if you have some growing near by and it doesn’t require that much extra work. So still a thumbs up but only if its convenient. Still haven’t tried the honey liquor. That’s next.