Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet Spritzer and other Summer Drinks

Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet Spritzer

Drinks | July 8, 2017 | By

Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet Spritzer and other Summer Drinks:  I love summer, don’t you?  It’s not just the warm days and lighter evenings, it has to be all about the fresh and delicious food and drinks that go along with those lazy summer days. 

Living on a farm means that I have access to many wildflowers in our hedgerows and I’m always looking for ways to include this free foraged produce into my recipes.  Meadowsweet and Honeysuckle are at their peak at around the same time, in high summer, they both have a beautiful scent as well as lovely flowers.  I’ve made a Honeysuckle simple syrup before, but have never managed to gather up some Meadowsweet, which is shocking really as it is my favourite hedgerow flower of all! 

Foraging to Meadowsweet and Honeysuckle

We have reduced the amount of alcohol we drink and enjoy trying different types of soft drink.  There are lots of recipes for elderflower drinks, but not so many for other foraged wildflowers, the flavour is similar, light and floral but it definitely has a recognisable flavour all of its own.  I’d really recommend you try it, and the basic recipe can be used with many other flowers, try dandelion, rose or lavender.   All of these syrups would make a great spritzer and you can choose whether you fizz it up with sparkling water or a sparkling wine like prosecco or cava.  I’d really recommend you try this Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet Spritzer, so get out into the countryside and see what you can forage. 

Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet Spritzer
A delicious floral simple syrup made with summer hedgerow foraged honeysuckle and meadowsweet flowers.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cordial, honeysuckle, meadowsweet, recipe
Author: Farmersgirl Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 300 g of sugar
  • 200 ml of water
  • 200 g of mixed Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet flowers
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sparkling water or sparkling wine
Instructions
  1. Dissolve sugar in water over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a simmer.
  2. Remove as much of the stems as possible and place the flowers in a glass or ceramic bowl.
  3. Pour hot syrup over top and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Add the juice of a lemon.
  5. Strain the mixture and discard the flowers.
  6. Pour into bottles and chill in the fridge, keep in the fridge for up to one month.
To make the spritzer
  1. Pour about 2 tbsp into a glass and top up with sparkling water or sparkling wine to taste.
Recipe Notes

The Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet syrup can also be used to macerate soft fruits such as strawberries and peaches and adds a lovely flavour or it can be poured over ice cream.

Adapted from Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher

Make your own Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet syrup, add sparkling water or wine and you have a summer spritzer

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Iced Tea

Another favourite summer drink is Iced Tea.  I really love tea and enjoy it both hot and chilled, but in the summer Iced Tea is just so refreshing and the great bonus is that it is so low in calories, as long as you don’t add sugar of course!    I’d like to tell you about the Adagio Iced Tea blends they are made with fresh leaves, not powders or poor-quality tea bags.  All you need to do is place the premeasured pouch (similar to a teabag, just bigger) in a jug of water and refrigerate overnight. For quicker preparation, you can steep in hot water for five minutes and add ice.  Adagio has a range of black, green, oolong, white and herbal tea flavours. Each pouch makes about 1 litre of iced tea. Enjoy the superior taste of freshly brewed tea.


Iced Peach Oolong Tea with summer fruits and mint

The tea in the photograph is Peach Oolong Iced Tea from Adagio, it has a light fruit flavour that doesn’t overwhelm the delicate tea flavour.  I added some strawberries, peach slices and fresh mint to the chilled tea to make a pretty and festive looking summer drink. 

Cold brew Iced Peach Oolong Tea

Check out the full range of teas from Adagio, black tea, green tea, chai, oolong, flavoured teas, decaf, herbal and rooibos.  There’s something for everyone and they are all available to order online. 

High quality teas from Adagio, order online

 

Cold Press Fruit Juice and Coconut Water 

I’m not a huge fan of coconut water straight up, but these fruit juice blends are really very delicious, they taste lighter than a straight fruit juice and the coconut water makes them really refreshing. 

Cold Press Fruit Juice Coconut Water, a refreshing summer drink

Created by the pioneering juice brand Coldpress, the two flavours, Blood Orange Mandarin and Raspberry Lemon Apple, are free from any added sugar and also have 35% less natural sugar than regular fruit juice. That also means they’re low in calories – 76/250ml bottle and 88/250ml respectively.

And, thanks to them being cold pressed, as opposed to being subjected to the brutal heat of pasteurisation, they’re ‘nutritionally dense’ – retaining far more of the nutrients and electrolytes found in both the fruit juice and coconut water, especially potassium, calcium and magnesium. 

Coldpress say these drinks are perfect for those who find ‘pure’ coconut water overpowering – and who are looking for less natural sugar from a fruit juice (they actually have 21% less calories than the same size serving of orange juice).

Raspberry Lemon Apple is a fruity blend of coconut water, raspberry, lemon, apple and – unusually – elderberry. This flavoursome drink has 88 calories per bottle, which is 21% less calories that the same size serving of orange juice and no added sugar. It also has an impressive 89% of your RDA of Vitamin C.

Blood Orange Mandarin is a naturally refreshing combination of coconut water, blood orange, mandarin, apple and lemon. With only 76 calories per bottle, it has 32% less calories than the same size serving of orange juice and no added sugar. One bottle contains 80% of your RDA of Vitamin C.

RRP:  £1.99 available at Boots. cold-press.com / @ColdpressJuices

Disclosure:  I received a selection of teas from Adagio Teas, and the Coldpress Coconut Water/Fruit blend drinks to review. 

Here are some other summer drinks from top UK bloggers:

Old Fashioned Lemonade– Fab Food 4 All

Fruity Iced Green Tea – Farmersgirl Kitchen 

Easy Tropical Sangria – Recipes from a Pantry

Summer Blush, a Gin and Prosecco Cocktail – Supper in the Suburbs

Cranberry Fizz – Lindy Wildsmith via Farmersgirl Kitchen 

Strawberry Rose Mint Fizz – Tin & Thyme

What’s your favourite summer drink?

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Camilla Hawkins
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I love the sound of this drink, I don’t know anything about Meadow Sweet but Honeysuckle is a favourite of mine:-)

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
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I have accesss to these flowers too but have never thougth to use them this way. Brilliant Idea, and I love Adagio Teas too.

Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
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What a fab recipe. I should probably cut down on the amount of alcohol I drink too but I love this can be made soft or hard depending on what you use to add some fizz!!! Also is it me or does Meadowseet look a lot like elderflower?!

Lucy Parissi
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This sounds amazing! I used to suck the nectar out of honeysuckle as a child in Greece which now strikes me as rather odd behaviour… but I can see it working beautifully in a drink.

Claire @foodiequine
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This sounds wonderful Janice! I’ve been drinking rather a lot of Hugo Spritz on holiday and bet this would work really well in one instead of the usual elderflower syrup.

Choclette
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Ooh this is so exciting Janice. I really want to try making meadowsweet and honeysuckle syrups now. I’ve tried a few in the past, with lilac being my least favourite, but I bet these are good. I like the slight almond flavour that meadowsweet has.

Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet
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I envy your botanical knowledge, Janice. If I attempted stuff like this I would surely poison myself. Would love to try the honeysuckle flavour!

Lucy
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I hadn’t no idea you could make a drink from honeysuckle! Love their scent. The Coldpress lower calorie juices look delicious too, I would love to try the blood orange mandarin one.

Karen
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Looks FABULOUS! I have made honeysuckle syrup in the past, along with my rhubarb & rose syrup, rose and strawberry syrup and also my elderflower syrup, but I have never thought to add meadow sweet which is a great idea Janice! I may try that next time I make some syrup! Karen

Glamorous Glutton
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How delicious and refreshing this sounds. Now I know what meadowsweet is, I’m going on a hunt for it as we have honeysuckle in the garden. GG

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