juneberry simple syrup

Juneberry Simple Syrup to Honor the April Moon Goddess

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My juneberry simple syrup recipes starts with a magical woodland walk in mid-april.

As I wandered through the sheltered woods of my homestead, the flowering juneberry trees caught my eye, standing out beautifully against the backdrop of other trees still bare from winter’s touch. In Eastern Connecticut, this is a time when nature slowly awakens, and the juneberry trees, under the watchful gaze of the April full moon—often called the Pink Moon—herald the arrival of spring. Their early blossoms offer the first blush of color, weaving through the understory with quiet grace.

These delicate blooms not only decorate the woods but also carry a deeper significance. Belonging to the rose family, the juneberry trees offer their flowers as symbols of love, weaving a tapestry of natural beauty that seems kissed by lunar magic. Walking among these blooms, amidst the contrasting silhouettes of the still dormant trees, feels akin to a moonlit ritual, a sacred moment to connect with the divine feminine energy of the moon goddess. 

juneberry simple syrup
Juneberry blossoms - for wildcrafting juneberry simple syrup

As I deepen my connection with nature and attune myself more closely to the rhythms of the seasons, I grow increasingly aware of the subtle transformations unfolding around me. 

 There have been years when the fleeting nature of these blossoms has passed me by, unnoticed, until the berries of June remind me of what I’ve missed. It’s a poignant reminder of nature’s quiet transitions, much like the waxing and waning phases of the moon. 
 

This year, I decided to embrace this ephemeral beauty fully. Harvesting the blooms, I crafted a juneberry simple syrup to capture their fleeting beauty. Mixing this syrup with sparkling water creates a mocktail that reflects the enchanting light of the moon—a refreshing spring drink with a hint of bitter almond, reminiscent of moonlight streaming through the trees.

This simple creation, infused with the spirit of the full moon, invites us to pause and savor the subtle, magical shifts in the world around us, under the gentle glow of the moon goddess’s light.

juneberry simple syrup
juneberry simple syrup

Juneberry Simple Syrup Recipe

Juneberry simple syrup made from juneberry blossoms offers a unique and delicate flavor profile. The blossoms themselves have a subtle, sweet floral taste with a hint of fruitiness, reminiscent of the berries they eventually produce. When infused into syrup, these flavors become more pronounced, giving the syrup a light, floral sweetness.

There might also be a faint note of almond, as juneberries are related to the almond family, which lends a slight nuttiness to the syrup. This flavor is especially refreshing and can add a lovely aromatic quality to beverages or desserts. When mixed into drinks like mocktails or drizzled over desserts, the syrup imparts a spring-like, fragrant essence that’s both elegant and soothing.

Here is my recipe for juneberry simple syrup.  

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh juneberry blossoms
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Heat to a simmer and add fresh blossoms. Let simmer for a minute or two then remove from heat.
  3. Let infuse for another five to ten minutes without heat, then strain into a mason jar or a small syrup bottle with a swing top lid. 
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

* Add a tablespoon or two of juneberry simple syrup to mocktails and cocktails for a bit of seasonal spring flavor

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