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Craig E

Spruce syrup!

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Got around to a project I've been thinking about for a while: making a piney syrup with needles from the big spruce tree in my front yard.

 

Prepared with a bunch of Googling, concentrating on reassuring myself that the tree was properly identified. (Apparently some trees like spruce are great, but other similar-looking species like yews are toxic!)

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step one: collect green branches, shake the dry needles off, bring inside and pluck.

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step two: combine with sugar and water (I did 1:2:2).

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step three: while stirring, bring to a boil for a bit, then cut the heat and let sit for a few hours

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step four: strain through cheesecloth

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step five: throw in a little vodka as a preservative.

 

Taste test is very appealing; now to figure out what kind of cocktails I can make with this. Open to suggestions!


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Well if you used Grey Goose vodka, you could call a vodka martini a Spruce Goose.

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13 minutes ago, HungryChris said:

Well if you used Grey Goose vodka, you could call a vodka martini a Spruce Goose.

HC

 And the vodka would take care of any germs.😂

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Ooh, first experiment turned out great! Built on the Last Word template, subbing aquavit for gin and spruce syrup for maraschino, and adding a grapefruit twist.

I'm calling it the Firred Word.

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Then, of course, if you turned it into a frozen drink, it could be the "All Pine Slide".

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I'm going to try the Firred Word with EdV of Douglas Fir. Sounds great in my head.

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5 hours ago, EvergreenDan said:

I'm going to try the Firred Word with EdV of Douglas Fir. Sounds great in my head.

 

Coming across @Rafa's Fir Geddiboutit on Kindred was among my inspirations. 

 

edited to add: and your own Snowdrop shows you've had similar ideas before!


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In my mind spruce calls for porcini, maybe you can try to infuse some dried porcini in a spirit (gin?).

 

 

 

Teo

 

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Worked out another winner, that I'm calling Pining for the Fjords. 3/4 oz each gin, aquavit, grapefruit juice, and spruce syrup, plus 1/4 oz lime juice, served in an Amère Sauvage-rinsed coupe with a grapefruit twist. 

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