Spruce Tip Syrup
This spruce tip syrup is made from freshly harvested spruce tips. Spruce tips should be harvested when small, tender, and bright green when the trees are budding in the spring.
I mostly use this spruce tip syrup when making cocktails (it goes great in gin and vodka drinks… spruce martini anyone?) but it can also be used in desserts and in confectionary.
This recipe is given in parts, 1:1:1 spruce tips, sugar, and water. You can make as much or as little as you’d like with this recipe.
- 1 part spruce tips, cleaned of any debris or insects
- 1 part white sugar
- 1 part water
Add the sugar and water to a pot.
Bring the water to a boil, stirring to incorporate and dissolve the sugar.
Add the spruce tips, then turn off the heat.
Let the spruce tips steep for at least one, and up to three nights. The longer you steep it for the more ‘sprucey’ it will be.
If steeping it for more than one night, transfer to the fridge.
Strain into a mason jar, and keep in the fridge. This syrup stores for several months. Enjoy!