Introduction: Honeysuckle Infused Vodka
What better way to control your favorite invasive vine!
To start you'll need:
(2) mason or canning jars of similar size
(1) 2-part canning lid
100-proof vodka, though 80-proof will do also
Step 1: Collect the Flowers
This is the fun part!
Pick the flowers from the Honeysuckle vine. These are the flowers that as a kid you probably pulled the stamen through the trumpet to get at the flower's nectar.
I prefer to pick the light golden flowers - the flowers range from white to gold. The older the flower - the more golden they become.
Remove all of the green parts prior to putting into a mason jar.
Step 2: Soak the Flowers
Once you've picked a jar of the flowers and tamped them gently into the jar so that no more can fit gently, select a neutral spirit to infuse and pour into the jar. My preference is a 100-proof vodka.
Once you have poured the spirit into the jar, use a 2-piece canning lid to capped the jar.
Step 3: Let Rest
Let the blossoms rest in the spirit for one to two days on your counter.
The blossoms at the top will oxidize and turn a bit brown.
Step 4: Strain the Spirit
After the rest period, take the jar and remove the lid. Place a doubled layer of non-bleached cheese cloth over the top of the jar and tighten the ring down to secure.
Invert the jar over another jar and prop against a wall to keep the jar draining into the receiveing jar.
Step 5: Finished Product
The receiving jar and refrigerate for up to one month. After that time the infusion begins to taste less floral.
Enjoy in a vodka tonic!