Honeysuckle Simple Syrup Recipe

Last Updated on July 6, 2022 by Ellen Christian

This honeysuckle simple syrup is a delicious floral flavor syrup you can use in many ways. Try this honeysuckle syrup recipe today.

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This honeysuckle simple syrup is a delicious floral flavor syrup you can use in many ways. Try this honeysuckle syrup recipe today.

Honeysuckle Simple Syrup Recipe

So, I look forward to seeing the honeysuckle blossoms in my backyard each year. I can make honeysuckle simple syrup and other edible flower recipes when the weather warms up.

I just love how the honeysuckle smells when I walk into the backyard. The honeysuckle flowers have a beautiful sweet smell. And I remember sucking the sweet nectar out of the flowers.

I have such good memories of the edible flower recipes my Grandmother made when I was little. When times were difficult, we always knew that there were dandelion greens, wild berries, brook trout, and wild game that we could rely on.

Can you make anything out of honeysuckle?

Yes! You can make a simple syrup, honeysuckle jelly, or even steep the flowers and make tea.

As a note: The berries are poisonous. NEVER eat or use the berries.

a honeysuckle bush

What kind of honeysuckle flowers do I use?

The honeysuckle flowers used in this simple syrup are from a honeysuckle bush. Bush honeysuckle is an invasive species that grows wild in many parts of the United States.

The ones used in this recipe are yellow. However, you can also find wild honeysuckle in white like I used in my honeysuckle jelly recipe.

You can also find lonicera japonica honeysuckle in parts of southeast Asia. Japanese honeysuckle plant is invasive in many countries.

If you don’t have wild honeysuckle in your area, please do not plant them. They are considered invasive and can easily overtake other plants in your area.

But, if you do have them, you should try this honeysuckle simple syrup recipe. Not all varieties are edible so please only do this if you know how to identify the flower.

honeysuckle blossoms

When does honeysuckle bloom?

Honeysuckle blossoms in late spring to early summer, depending on the species and your location.

What does honeysuckle taste like?

Honeysuckle has a sweet, floral flavor. It is often used in tea, jelly, and syrup recipes.

How do you get the juice out of honeysuckle?

The easiest way to get the juice out of honeysuckle is to steep the flowers in hot water. This will release the flavor and aroma of the flower into the water.

You can also use a food processor or blender to make a puree. Then, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer.

This honeysuckle simple syrup is a delicious floral flavor syrup you can use in many ways. Try this honeysuckle syrup recipe today.

What is the liquid in honeysuckle?

The liquid in the honeysuckle is called nectar. It is a sweet, sugary solution that attracts pollinators to the flower.

What can I substitute for honeysuckle simple syrup?

If you don’t have access to honeysuckle, you can use another floral flavor syrup like elderflower or lavender. You could also try a fruit syrup like raspberry or strawberry.

How long does honeysuckle simple syrup last?

Honeysuckle simple syrup will last for up to a month in the refrigerator. Be sure to store it in a sealed container to prevent it from evaporating.

a glass of elderflower lemonade near lemons and a pitcher

How do you use a simple syrup?

Simple syrup is a concentrated sugar solution used to sweeten drinks. It is also used as a base for other flavor syrups.

You can use the mixture in cocktails, mocktails, lemonade, iced tea, and more. This honeysuckle syrup recipe would also be lovely drizzled over pancakes or as a base for a homemade dressing.

How do you make honeysuckle simple syrup?

The process for making honeysuckle simple syrup is similar to other floral syrups.

honeysuckle flowers, sugar and water on the counter

Honeysuckle syrup ingredients

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Ripe Honeysuckle Flowers (the yellow ones)
  • 3/4 Cup White Granulated Sugar

yellow flowers and water in a glass measuring cup

How to make honeysuckle simple syrup

Prep time: about 15 minutes of active time

Rinse the honeysuckle flowers well.

Heat cold water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Then add honeysuckle flowers into the hot water. Cover and set aside. Let the flowers steep for two or more hours.

If leaving longer than 2 hours, you will want to put it in the refrigerator after it cools to room temperature.

straining flowers in a sieve

Using a sieve, strain the honeysuckle flowers from the water. If you want to be sure to get everything, you can line the mesh sieve with a coffee filter.

After it is strained, reheat the water on medium heat in a small pot. Bring to a simmer. Remove pot from the stove.

If you don’t reheat it, the sugar won’t be completely dissolved when you make the honeysuckle simple syrup.

dissolving sugar in a measuring cup

Add in the sugar and mix until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool to room temperature.

Store your honeysuckle simple syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use. I find a small glass jar works quite well.

Additions to honeysuckle simple syrup

If you want to try a few flavor variations, you can certainly do that. Tray adding one of these to the simple syrup while you’re heating the sugar water mixture.

  • Orange peel
  • Lemon peel
  • Honey

This honeysuckle simple syrup is a delicious floral flavor syrup you can use in many ways. Try this honeysuckle syrup recipe today.

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Yield: 8

Honeysuckle Simple Syrup Recipe

This honeysuckle simple syrup is a delicious floral flavor syrup you can use in many ways. Try this honeysuckle syrup recipe today.

This honeysuckle simple syrup is a delicious floral flavor syrup you can use in many ways. Try this honeysuckle syrup recipe today.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Ripe Honeysuckle Flowers (the yellow ones)
  • 3/4 Cup White Granulated Sugar

Instructions

  1. Rinse the honeysuckle flowers well.
  2. Heat cold water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Then add honeysuckle flowers into the hot water. Cover and set aside. Let the flowers steep for two or more hours.
  3. If leaving longer than 2 hours, you will want to put it in the refrigerator after it cools to room temperature.
  4. Using a sieve, strain the honeysuckle flowers from the water. If you want to be sure to get everything, you can line the mesh sieve with a coffee filter.
  5. After it is strained, reheat the water on medium heat in a small pot. Bring to a simmer. Remove pot from the stove.
  6. If you don’t reheat it, the sugar won’t be completely dissolved when you make the honeysuckle simple syrup.Add in the sugar and mix until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool to room temperature.
  7. Store your honeysuckle simple syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use. I find a small glass jar works quite well.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 0g

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