Spring is right around the corner and if you love syrup, then you know that the spring is the best season for getting fresh and delicious sap to turn into syrup. Whether you like simply boiled sap fresh from the tree or prefer syrup that’s bottled and flavored with butter or mixed with cinnamon before you add it to your pancakes, there’s no denying that everyone loves maple syrup. Did you know, though, that you can actually make a different kind of syrup from spruce trees?
While it may not offer the flavor boost for pancakes that maple syrup does, spruce syrup is super easy to make and a great addition for cocktails. The Food Network’s recipe calls for a cup of needles, finely chopped in a food processor. Bring half a cup plus two tablespoons of water, two tablespoons of corn syrup, and a dash of salt to a boil, whisking constantly. Once it’s at a rolling boil, let it cook for one minute without stirring, and remove the mix from the stove. Add the needles, and let it sit for two to three hours. Strain after cooling and serve it up in your favorite drinks! This spruce syrup will keep in the fridge for up to four weeks.
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook’s recipe is a little more citrusy. To make one pint of syrup, bring two cups of water and two cups of sugar to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent anything from sticking to the pot. Once it reaches a boil, remove the pot from the heat and add in two cups of chopped fir or spruce tips. Cover the pot and let it cool. The longer you let it sit, the more intense the flavor will be! Finally, strain the syrup and finish by stirring in some lemon juice, creating a taste that blends the piney notes with a citrus tang.
Both of these recipes might not be your first choice for breakfast, but spruce syrup can make a delicious addition to your cocktails. The piney taste of spruce, especially when you add lemon, mixes really well with gin, for example, so if you’re in the mood for a spring gin cocktail, whip up some spruce syrup and make a gin, tonic and spruce syrup to spruce up your day!
The Colorado blue spruce is a beautiful tree for landscaping, and with these recipes can offer you a bit more than its great look. If you’re a landscaper or tree nursery looking to add some new trees for your business this spring, turn to Spruce Point Tree Farm. Give us a call today at 970-379-2241.