Juniper Pine SyrupDec 13, 2021
Juniper Pine syrup
½ Cup water
3 tbs Juniper
2 tbs fresh pine needles
1-2 cardamom pods
½ cup raw honey
Combine water, juniper, pine needles and cardamom pods and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes then strain herbs. Combine liquid with raw honey and hard boil for 5 minutes. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Use in hot water for chest congestion or add to tea. Add to coffee for a juniper latte or as a base for cocktails.
Juniper use has been found in some of the earliest human settlements the world over. Although methods vary, their use for protection, and cleansing appear widely as does their culinary use.
Mature blue berries are used to flavor game, red meat & heavier foods in the wintertime which are aided in processing by juniper. They are also used to flavor stuffing, marinades and stews. In Europe one cannot make authentic sauerbraten or sauerkraut without juniper berries. In the southern Alps a dark syrup is made from the berries and is traditionally eaten as a dessert with cream or hot milk. (Some berries are as much as 30% sugar.)
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