Doesn’t that sound nostalgic?
Imagine sitting on your porch in a rocking chair or on a front porch swing. Maybe you’re sitting under a shade tree on a hot sunny summer afternoon with a tall cold glass of honeysuckle tea.
If you’ve ever seen Disney’s Summer Magic or Pollyanna, those are the scenes that play in my mind.
Calgon, take me away!
It’s that time of year when honeysuckles are in full bloom. I love taking an early-morning walks and smelling all the honeysuckle’s yummy goodness!
Recently, my youngest daughter and I took an evening walk when she asked if she could stop and pick some honeysuckles. It took me back to my childhood when I would try to extract the one tiny drop of nectar from each individual blossom. When you’re young it doesn’t matter how tedious it is to get one drop of that nectar!
Ok, I admit I jumped on board this time too! Lol
After she finished with a branch of blossoms, we continued our walk. She looked at me and asked if we could make a jar of honeysuckle honey.
I admit I wasn’t up for trying because…
1) I knew what little amount of nectar is in each blossom
2) I didn’t even know if it was possible.
We talked back & forth discussing what we would try to make and finally decided to try to make a honeysuckle tea.
Most teas are hot brewed, but my daughter doesn’t like hot tea so we decided to steep them overnight like a cold brew coffee. This would give the desired cold, instead of hot, tea. I guess you could call it a honeysuckle water infusion if you want, but at our house, we like to call it honeysuckle tea.
We read up a little on the honeysuckle plant and found there are also some health benefits of honeysuckle that may surprise you. Here’s what WebMD says.
“Honeysuckle is used for digestive disorders including pain and swelling (inflammation) of the small intestine (enteritis) and dysentery; upper respiratory tract infections including colds, influenza, swine flu, and pneumonia; other viral and bacterial infections; swelling of the brain (encephalitis); fever; boils; and sores. Honeysuckle is also used for urinary disorders, headache, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. Some people use it to promote sweating, as a laxative, to counteract poisoning, and for birth control.
Honeysuckle is sometimes applied to the skin for inflammation and itching, and to kill germs.”
You’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy and delicious this honeysuckle tea is, and you’ll be making it in no time.
Steps to Honeysuckle Tea:
1. Pick about 4 cups of honeysuckle blossoms
2. Sort through the blossoms and discard dried blossoms, leaves, stems, etc.
3. Rinse off the blossoms.
4. Slightly “bruise” the blossoms by squeezing the blossoms with your hands.
5. Add the blossoms to a jar or pitcher and fill with water & allow the mixture to sit in the fridge overnight.
6. Strain the mixture through a coffee filter the next morning & discard the blossoms.
7. You’re ready to go. Now you have your own sweet honeysuckle tea that can quench your thirst on those warm sunny summer days. Told you that was super easy!
- 4 cups Honeysuckle Blossoms
- 8-10 cups Filtered Water
- Sort through the blossoms & discard any wilted or dried blossoms. Also, toss any leaves or stems that you may find.
- Rinse the blossoms
- Slightly bruise the blossoms by gently squeezing them.
- Add the blossoms & water to a jar or pitcher.
- Allow the mixture to sit overnight.
- Strain the mixture through a coffee filter & remove the blossoms from the water.
- Discard the blossoms & enjoy your honeysuckle tea!
TIPS For Honeysuckle Tea:
1. Feel free to adjust the amount of honeysuckle tea you make. Just use double the amount of blossoms to water. (If you use 1 cup of blossoms, use 2 cups of water)
2. You can also choose to sweeten the honeysuckle tea with a touch of honey or a few drops of stevia. I admit this makes it taste exactly like the nectar from the blossoms 🙂
Have you consumed honeysuckles any other way than the nectar from the blossoms? Give this honeysuckle tea a try & let me know your results.