Honeysuckle Iced Tea




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Honeysuckle Iced Tea ~ this sweet, floral, and refreshing drink made from honeysuckle blossoms is the perfect thing to sip on a warm summer day!

Photo of two glasses of Honeysuckle Iced Tea garnished with mint and honey suckle blossoms.

With Easter and Passover behind us, spring is really and truly here.  The honeysuckle vine draped across my front porch is in bloom, and  every time I go in or out I’m blown away by the scent.  I’ve been determined to use those incredible – edible  flowers somehow.  I’m always inspired by ingredients I can find  in my own yard, (or my neighbor’s!)  Over the last three years we’ve moved so often that I’ve tried to reduce the sting by challenging myself to find the elements in each new landscape that I can incorporate into my cooking.

Photo of honeysuckle blossoms next to a jar of honeysuckle flowers for Honeysuckle Iced Tea.

I tried to make you a honeysuckle ice cream, but I’m going to have to keep working on that one, the flavor just didn’t come through.   Honeysuckle tea is more mainstream, in fact its been used medicinally by the Chinese for thousands of years.   I love it for its delicate scent, and the nectar is sweeter than honey.  I was amazed by how much flavor I got out of a jarful of  flowers.  If you have access to a vine, you’ve got to try this. 

Close up photo of white honeysuckle blossoms.

Honeysuckle tea is made with the delicate white and yellow flowers of the Japanese Honeysuckle vine.  It’s considered an invasive species, so gardeners and conservationists don’t like it, but it is pretty common, so chances are there’s a vine or two near you.  The flowers come in pairs, and you’ll want to pluck them right at their base, where the nectar is.  Look for freshly opened flowers, and avoid or pick out the leaves, stems, and berries.

Overhead photo of a jar of honeysuckle blossoms.

The tea is made by pouring scalding water over the blossoms, and letting it cool at room temperature.  Then you can chill your infusion in the refrigerator.  I left mine overnight before straining it through a coffee filter.

Photo of a jar of Honeysuckle Iced Tea with a yellow and white straw.

The finished tea has a lovely pale celadon color, a light floral scent, and a surprisingly sweet flavor.    Pour over ice, and add a sprig of mint.   Whatever you do, though, don’t add honey before tasting your tea — it’s incredibly sweet all by itself.  You might want a squeeze of lemon if you don’t like sweet tea.

Photo of two glasses of Honeysuckle Iced Tea garnished with mint leaves and honeysuckle blossoms on a tray.

If you’ve got a honeysuckle vine blooming nearby, be sure to try my other honeysuckle recipes:

(Note: always make sure you’ve identified a plant accurately before eating it.  If you need help identifying Japanese Honeysuckle, check out this article.)

Honeysuckle Iced Tea
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Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

  • about 2 cups honeysuckle blossoms
    garnish
  • fresh mint sprigs
  • a few honeysuckle blossoms

Instructions

  1. Pluck the blossoms from the honeysuckle vine. Discard any leaves or green parts. Try to take the freshly opened flowers, and even the buds that are about to open. Put them in a pitcher or mason jar.
  2. Cover with about 2 1/2 cups water that has been heated to just boiling. Give it a good stir and let steep at room temperature for several hours. Then refrigerate overnight.
  3. Strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or a coffee filter. The coffee filter will yield a crystal clear tea.
  4. Serve cold over ice with a mint sprig and a few blossoms for garnish.

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    Aika Ignacio
    February 5, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Great post, Sue! The photos look amazing and sweet. Thank you for sharing your recipe. According to my research, honeysuckle is good for treating digestive disorders, colds, headache, diabetes and cancer. My mom loves to make smoothies and teas that contain nutritional benefits and I would definitely recommend this to her.

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