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.
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.
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.
If you are new to canning, I highly recommend the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving because it is the ‘bible' for safe canning and preserving and should be the first purchase of any new canner. Ooooh! When I just looked at the Ball book on Amazon, I realized that there is a new edition! It looks like my cook book library inventory might increase with the addition of The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes!
Save the pulp from when you strain the syrup. It is delicious over oatmeal, yogurt and ice cream.
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.
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.
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.
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