Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

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Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this unique spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade…it’s a super refreshing conversation starter, and the honeysuckle vodka is ready in 24 hours ~ can you say instant gratification?

My honeysuckle vine is in bloom again, and that can mean only one thing…more fun experimentation in the kitchen.  One year that resulted in HONEYSUCKLE ICE CREAM, and the year before that I made HONEYSUCKLE ICED TEA.  Every time I play with these edible blossoms I’m blown away by their delicate flavor and how clearly it comes through in my infusions.  Today we’re getting boozy.  It’s about time!

I have to say, I think it’s so miraculous how alcohol pulls out the flavor and aroma from the flowers.  I’ve done this with all kinds of fruit, too, and I show you how to do that in my HOW TO MAKE FRUIT INFUSED LIQUEUR post.  The process is fun and you can get so creative with it.  If you have a honeysuckle vine growing anywhere nearby, you’re in business!

Edible blossoms for Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

I combined jasmine with my honeysuckle in this batch because I couldn’t harvest quite enough honeysuckle on the morning I went picking, but a combination of both, or either flower alone, will work.  I start by removing the blossoms from the stems and discarding any green bits before giving them a gentle swish in cold water to remove any dust or debris, then I spread them out on a clean towel to dry.

TIP: Harvest edible flowers in the early morning, if possible, when they’re freshest.  Use only fresh whole blossoms, and discard any browned or faded blooms.

You can do this in any container, but a large wide mouth mason jar works well.  I fill the jar about half full with blossoms, and then fill with vodka.  Any brand of vodka will work, so buy an inexpensive bottle, the flavor is going to come from the flowers anyway.

The flowers will quickly oxidize and turn brown but their flavor and aroma will transfer to the alcohol.  I leave the jar in a cool dark place, a kitchen cabinet is perfect, for 24 hours.  After 24 hours the vodka will have a subtle but definite honeysuckle flavor and scent, and can be strained into a clean jar.  You can do this easily by removing the center piece of the screw top and securing a double layer of cheesecloth in its place.  Then simply turn the jar over and pour out the vodka.

TIP: Taste your vodka after 24 hours, and if you like you can leave the it longer for a stronger flavor.  Infuse for up to 5 days.

Once the vodka is strained clear it’s ready to use.  Keep your vodka in a sealed jar and it will keep indefinitely.  It also makes a nice gift!

Fresh squeezed lemon juice and some sweetened filtered water are all you need to make a delicious honeysuckle vodka lemonade cocktail.

Add the juice of 2 lemons to 2 cups of water sweetened with 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Adjust the proportions to your taste.  To make the honeysuckle vodka lemonade ~ fill a glass with ice, pour in a shot of your flavored vodka, and fill with lemonade.  I like to start with all the liquids pre-chilled.

I’ve got some other spring cocktails on the blog that you might try ~ my RHUBARB SPRING FLING features a homemade rhubarb simple syrup, and if you’re more of a berry person, there’s my BLACKBERRY MOJITO.

If you’re still craving spring cocktails here are some ideas from Cîroc.  And here’s Ketel One‘s collection of spring vodka cocktails.

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

Category: cocktail, and infused liqueur

Yield: makes 750 ml (about 3 cups) infused vodka. Makes 4 servings of lemonade and 4 cocktails. You will have lots of vodka leftover.

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

A refreshing and unique cocktail made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Ingredients

    honeysuckle vodka
  • 2 cups (approximate) honeysuckle or honeysuckle and jasmine blossoms
  • 750 ml bottle of vodka
    lemonade
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • juice of 2 lemons

Instructions

  1. To make the infused vodka ~ pluck the blossoms from their stems, and discard any leaves or other green parts.
  2. Swish the flowers gently in cold water, then lay out to dry on a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Put the flowers in a large wide mouthed mason jar, or other equivalent container.
  4. Fill the container with vodka. Make sure the blossoms are completely covered by the liquid. Cap tightly and keep in a cool dark place for 24 hours, or up to 5 days. Give it a shake now and then.
  5. Strain the vodka through cheesecloth that is at least 4 layers thick. Store in a clean jar, tightly capped. The vodka will keep indefinitely.
  6. To make the lemonade, stir the sugar into the water until it is completely dissolved. Add the fresh squeezed lemon juice and stir. Taste to adjust the sweetness if you like.
  7. To make the cocktail, fill a glass with ice. Add one shot of honeysuckle vodka. Fill the glass with lemonade, garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of honeysuckle.
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Notes:

  • While honeysuckle flowers are edible, the berries ARE NOT, so avoid them.
  • Use your blossoms right away for best results, but if you need to hold them briefly, put them in the refrigerator.

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    May 10, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Such a lovely, summery refresher! This is just the kind of lemonade I need. :)

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 7, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Absolutely beautiful (and refreshing! :) Honeysuckle is such a fabulous scent. I can only imagine the taste.

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    Milena | Craft Beering
    May 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    If I could I would say “Wow”, but I am speechless:) So pretty, and I am such a fan of jasmine…love honeysuckle too

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 7, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Milena :)

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    Victoria Schwalbe
    May 6, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Do not have honeysuckle available….hmmm might just have to plant one. But , not that it bears any resemblance to honeysuckle, I have lots of rhubarb. I consider you the jam queen. I made your clementine and blood orange marmalade and they are simply the best jams I’ve ever made or even eaten. Do you have a recipe for rhubarb jam that doesn’t contain any other fruit? I’ve made one’s before that had fresh orange or berries but the rhubarb flavor was lost. I know you can help…No pressure of course. :-) Thanks for all the wonderful super creative recipes and photos.

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      Sue
      May 6, 2017 at 7:41 am

      I love my new title as jam queen :) I’ve made rhubarb butter, but jam and curd are still on my list. I might take you up on the challenge if I see rhubarb at the farmers market this weekend! I’m so glad you liked my citrus jams, I’m kind of proud of those recipes, they’re pretty unique, and I agree, the flavor of those fruits when concentrated down like that is amazing.

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    Nancy Long
    May 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    sounds great, just don’t know where around here I could find honeysuckle – my father had it, but have never seen it this far south (FL).

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      It’s interesting, Nancy, the white honeysuckle does grow in Florida, but because it grows so well, it’s considered an invasive species and isn’t widely available. That’s too bad, but you can grow it in a container if you’re determined.

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Wow, this looks/sounds amazing! Your images are just beautiful, I can’t stop staring :) I do think of you Sue whenever I see or get the whiff of honeysuckle. I think I’m puppy though – I usually don’t go near it because in our area, honeysuckle grows in the same places that snakes and ticks like to frequent! :(

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Oh God, I wouldn’t go near it if there were snakes and ticks! You’ll have to try it with another type of edible blossom, Chris, maybe the jasmine is growing in a friendlier area!

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    Nazanin
    May 5, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Wow! This is incredibly creative and beautiful! Honey suckle reminds of my childhood summer evenings with my Grandmother. She had a honeysuckle tree in her yard and to me it’s the scent of warmth and happiness :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 5, 2017 at 11:12 am

      I love that about floral scents, Nazanin ~ they are so powerful!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    May 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Can I have one now? What a cool idea!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 5, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Wish I could share with you! Have a great weekend Karen :)

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    May 5, 2017 at 5:20 am

    When I was little in Tennessee, we used to sit and pick honeysuckle for hours. It’s not as prolific here in Virginia but I can still smell it – so sweet! Your summer drink is so creative and absolutely beautiful! Sharing and pinning. Have a terrific weekend Sue!

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      Sue
      May 5, 2017 at 6:47 am

      I didn’t have that experience growing up, but since living here in California, the spring scent of vines like honeysuckle and jasmine is a big part of the joy of the season!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 5, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Now that’s a lemonade I want to try too! Very beautiful and inviting, Sue.

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