Have you ever wished you could bottle up a day and save it for later? I feel this way about early summer days (I know May is technically Spring, but since I grew up in FL and it would be in the 90's by midday, I always think of May as the beginning of Summer). The scent of honeysuckle blooming, big ripe juicy strawberries, a cold glass of lemonade or iced tea with mint sweating on the picnic table, the warm sun on your skin, turning on the hose to rinse garden dirt of your hands and cool off your face. These days are my favorite, and in the middle of a cold, dark winter day, I long for them with such intensity.
This year, I set out to bottle as much of the essence of an early summer day as I could. Honeysuckle & elderflower. Strawberries ripe from my garden. Lemon balm that grows right in the strawberry patch. Sweet woodruff, that sweet, earthy, almost-vanilla-but-not-quite flavor that you can't quite put your finger on. Extracted in a potent combination of organic cane alcohol and raw local honey. Blended with fresh squeezed organic lemon and orange juice right before bottling.
It's the closest I can get to bottling the essence of a moment in time. I so look forward to opening one of these elixirs this Winter and tasting the sweet syrupy freshness of Summer. I hope it will bring us all a moment of joy, connection, hope and patience when we need it.
Suggested Dosage: take a dropperful when you want to embrace the energy, heat and fullness of Summer, when you need to remember what a warm day feels like, or when you need the hope of Spring on your tongue.
Ingredients: organic raw local honey, organic cane alcohol, filtered & structured water, fresh garden strawberries, organic lemon juice, organic orange juice, honeysuckle flowers, elderflower, lemon balm, sweet woodruff.
This elixir comes in a 2oz dropper bottle.