White Peach and Honeysuckle Martini
By Sue Lau
It’s National Martini Day! How will you have yours? Shaken or stirred?
It’s summertime, and I’ll have mine straight up with a dose of seasonal fruits and flowers. Because what says summertime than being out on the veranda with martini in hand, watching the stars and the lightning bugs twinkle, smelling the heady fragrance of honeysuckle on the breeze and having *anything* peach to eat, even one right out of hand?
Psst! When I was a kid, we’d pluck the honeysuckle blossoms, put out the nectar covered stems and drink it like fairies on Midsummer’s Eve. Childlike visions transformed us into fireflies dancing at the edge of night, yet with the streetlights coming on and the call of our Mamas from front porches, every summer’s eve came to an end.
Having a martini is a bit different, at least a more mature thing. You won’t find many adults plucking sips of honeysuckle, I dare say, but I guess now you will see us taking lots of blossoms inside to make our own syrups. But first you have to find the blossoms which you are certain have not been sprayed, and that usually means plucking your own.
And lucky me, I happen to have a honeysuckle in my back yard. And while I might have thought it a bit weedy before, just look what it can do!
And if you do have a honeysuckle, we first have to be certain it is a honeysuckle, because we need to be careful not to confuse honeysuckle with other plants that are also known as woodbine, such as American ivy, gelsemium, and clematis virginiana. Look your plant up and make sure.
Once you are certain you have actual honeysuckle, we have to make a tisane (which is essentially a tea, minus the actual tea) or you can just call it an infusion if you like. Gather the freshest looking blossoms you can, measure, rinse, and make sure to pinch off the little green ends (those are called the calyx for all you geeky types out there), but don’t pinch off the stringy part or pull it out (the stringy thing is called the style) because if you do you will lose nectar, and we are trying to get as much of that as we can for our syrup. Then pour the boiling water over and let it steep for a day, covered in plastic wrap. Then drain that.
You’ll want to mix it with sugar then, and heat it to a boil, just to make sure it dissolves fully, then let it cool and refrigerate. You can keep this for several weeks refrigerated. It gets better as it ages slightly, with the *honey* part of it becoming more pronounced.
I’m sure your kids will be interested, and while the martini itself is a no-no, you can use the honeysuckle syrup to sweeten and flavor iced tea and the like.
Recipe intended only for those of legal drinking age. Please drink responsibly.
White Peach and Honeysuckle Martini
Allow time to steep honeysuckle syrup overnight.
Ingredients for Honeysuckle Syrup:
- 2 cups fresh organic honeysuckle blossoms
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
Method for syrup:
- Rinse honeysuckle blossoms and pinch off green tips.
- Pour boiling water over them, cover and allow to steep for one day.
- Drain “tea” from blossoms and mix with sugar in a saucepan, stirring to completely dissolve sugar and bringing to a boil.
- Allow to cool completely and refrigerate.
Ingredients for Martini:
- 2-1/2 ounces peach vodka
- 1 ounce honeysuckle syrup
- fresh peach slices and raspberries for garnish
Method for martini:
- Place vodka and syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake vigorously, then strain into a martini glass, garnishing with peach slices and raspberries.
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Welcome to #NationalMartiniDay
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