Blueberry Syrup

Hello friends, I hope your week has been summery and lovely. I really love June, all the benefits of summer without all the oppressive heat of July and August.  Plus, June is gardenia blooming and blueberry picking time here in southeastern North Carolina. As a result, I am wishing that smell-o-vision has been invented because these gardenias that are sitting on my desk smell like I imagine heaven smells. But I digress, today I am bringing you a recipe for Honey-Lavender infused Blueberry Syrup, because it will be perfect for your upcoming 4th of July festivities, as well as general summer yumminess.June...the month of gardenias and blueberries in southeastern North Carolina. Great recipe for Blueberry Syrup for Blueberry Spritzers.

If you read my Blueberry Hand Pie post of a few weeks back, you’ll remember that Kate and I picked 22 pounds of organic blueberries and then spent the next week freezing, preserving and baking those blueberries. One of my kiddos’ favorite ‘blueberry treats’ is blueberry syrup, they love it in seltzer water or poured over yogurt or ice cream. As a result, this year, I decided to steep my blueberries in honey-lavender tea that Kate found; the honey-lavender really adds a lovely, delicate taste to the already delicious blueberry syrup.Recipe for Honey-Lavender Blueberry Syrup which can be preserved by water bath canning. Use it to make Blueberry Spritzers for holiday & summer festivities.

I like to water bath can my syrups because it  saves room in my freezer and preserves them for later in the year when the taste of summer’s blueberries is a real treat. Recipe for Honey-Lavender Blueberry Syrup which can be preserved by water bath canning. Use it to make Blueberry Spritzers for holiday & summer festivities.

Honey-Lavender Blueberry Syrup

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Recipe for Honey-Lavender Blueberry Syrup which can be preserved by water bath canning. Use it to make Blueberry Spritzers for holiday & summer festivities.

Honey-Lavender Infused Blueberry Syrup
A lavender and honey scented blueberry syrup
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of blueberries (approximately 2 pounds)
  2. 3 cups of water
  3. 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  4. 1/8 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. 2 Lavender/Honey Teabags (or just Lavender) OR 2 teaspoons of tea
Instructions
  1. Prepare canner, jars and lids. See The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving for guidance.
  2. Put blueberries in pot and crush with potato masher or slotted spoon.
  3. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently
  4. Once blueberries have released their juices, pour into fine sieve over bowl.
  5. Let drip for 1-2 hours, stirring blueberries every now and again, until juices have collected in bowl.
  6. Make sure you save blueberry pulp to put over your yogurt, ice cream, waffles or pancakes.
  7. Combine juice, water, sugar and tea bags (or tea in infuser)
  8. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  9. Let boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  10. Then reduce heat to produce a very slow, gentle boil.
  11. Stir occasionally, but let slowly boil/simmer for 20-25 minutes.
To Water Bath Process
  1. Prepare your work surface to water bath can your jars
  2. Spoon your syrup into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
  3. Wipe rim.
  4. Center lid on jar
  5. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight.
  6. Place jars in canner, making sure they are completely covered with water
  7. Cover pot and bring to a boil
  8. Boil for 10 minutes
  9. Turn heat off, remove lid and let sit for 5 minutes
  10. Carefully remove jars with jar lifter and place on a rack where they can be undisturbed for 24 hours.
  11. Refrigerate any jars if their lids don't pop down.
Notes
  1. Save the pulp from when you strain the syrup. It is delicious over oatmeal, yogurt and ice cream.
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 Your blueberry syrup will make lovely and refreshing blueberry spritzers. I add approximately 2 tablespoons per 8-10 ounces of seltzer, but feel free to adjust the syrup to your taste.

In anticipation of upcoming 4th of July celebrations, Kate and I cut stars out of apple slices (soaked in lemon juice) and strawberries and placed them on skewers along with a blueberry for a festive flair.Recipe for Honey-Lavender Blueberry Syrup which can be preserved by water bath canning. Use it to make Blueberry Spritzers for holiday & summer festivities.

These will be a tasty treat for our 4th of July party and a shot of vodka will make this a fantastic and refreshing  Blueberry Vodka Spritzer.Recipe for Honey-Lavender Blueberry Syrup which can be preserved by water bath canning. Use it to make Blueberry Spritzers for holiday & summer festivities.

 

Well friends, I know your holiday plans are shaping up and that you will have the opportunity to enjoy many sparklers and fireworks, as well as many different variations of red, white and  blue foods and drinks. Recipe for Honey-Lavender Blueberry Syrup which can be preserved by water bath canning. Use it to make Blueberry Spritzers for holiday & summer festivities.

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    Brianna
    June 27, 2016

    Looks delicious! I’ll have to add this to my canning line up next time I have a lot of blueberries.

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      lynn
      July 2, 2016

      Hey Brianna…it really is quite simple and so great to have those blueberry yummy flavors year-round. But I know canning is low on your list right now with that new house of yours!
      Happy Fourth of July!
      Hugs, Lynn

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    Celeste
    June 28, 2016

    Wow, this looks so delicious. I love the way you used it in a drink. Looking at your syrup is making me crave pancakes.

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      lynn
      July 2, 2016

      Hi Celeste…you could surely use it on just about anything. We’re partial to the spritzers, but there are really many possibilities. Not sure I’ll have much left after this weekend though! ??
      Happy Fourth….Lynn

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    Liz
    July 1, 2016

    Mmmm I remember when I was a kid and my parents would can blueberry syrups, preserves, and jams from our blueberry bushes and blackberry and raspberry patches. Very memorable times in the kitchen 🙂 I hadn’t ever thought of adding lavender to blueberry syrup! Sounds like a great pairing!

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      lynn
      July 2, 2016

      Hi Liz…I like adding a subtle flavor to my syrups…just to enhance the flavor of the fruit. I do wish I had a patch in my own backyard with all these delicious fruits…what a treat for you.
      Thanks for swinging by today.
      Hugs, Lynn

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    Sarah @ 2paws Designs
    July 1, 2016

    Sounds delicious! I’ve never made my own syrup or canned before. Will have to check out that book so I can learn more about it.

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      lynn
      July 2, 2016

      Hi Sarah, there does seem to be a high intimidation factor to canning, but the Ball Book really does make it very easy. Give it a try!
      Thanks for swinging by and wishing you a lovely Fourth of July weekend.
      Hugs, Lynn

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    July 4, 2016

    Lynn I love this idea. When I come back up to the States I will definitely be making this. I am a blueberry lover but we don’t have any here. Pinning for future use.

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      lynn
      July 7, 2016

      No blueberries Mary? Say it ain’t so! I hope you get your berries soon and some yummy syrup. It’s some good stuff.
      Thanks for swinging by and visiting.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend.
      Hugs, Lynn

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    dorine
    July 11, 2016

    lynn, what size & how many jars does your recipe make? Thanks for posting it. I’m going to try it soon.

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      lynn
      July 11, 2016

      Dorine..it made 4 pint size jars. Hope you enjoy!
      Hugs, Lynn

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