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The Speckled Palate
June 23, 2015

Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler

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Cool off with a Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler, a summertime cocktail featuring fresh strawberry puree, honey simple syrup, honeysuckle vodka and club soda. It’s light, simple and oh-so-delicious!

Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler | This July 4th weekend, cool off with a Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler, a summertime cocktail featuring fresh strawberry puree, honey simple syrup, honeysuckle vodka and club soda. It's light, simple and oh-so-delicious!

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During last year’s July 4th weekend, we attended one of my best friend’s weddings. It was a glorious weekend filled with new and old friends, sunshine and lots of fun.

I was also pregnant for the celebration. About five weeks pregnant, to be exact… so it was suuuuuuper early. Being the Nervous Nelly that I am, we wanted to keep the pregnancy a secret until our eight week doctor’s appointment, when we would confirm everything was OK. We’d then tell our families, and once I was safely out of the first trimester, we’d tell our friends and the rest of the world.

So… I was pregnant and keeping it under wraps. Which is really freakin’ hard if you’re like me and (1) want to tell people exciting news when you know exciting news, and (2) you happen to enjoy a delicious mixed drink every once in a while, especially when you’re celebrating at your best friend’s wedding.

I’m fairly positive no one except the bride bought my whole “I’m our DD” spiel at the rehearsal dinner, then the whole “this is totally a gin and tonic” (when it was actually club soda with a lime wedge) explanation at the reception. And the only reason the bride didn’t buy my stories was because she was too busy getting married.

Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler | This July 4th weekend, cool off with a Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler, a summertime cocktail featuring fresh strawberry puree, honey simple syrup, honeysuckle vodka and club soda. It's light, simple and oh-so-delicious!

This July 4th weekend, I plan to indulge a little and have that mixed drink I so desperately wanted last Independence Day, but couldn’t. (Yes, I was that pregnant woman. You know, the one who really wanted to sip on a beer or a mixed drink, for whatever reason, during her first trimester. And then when I was safely out of the first trimester and assured by my doctor that I could have a glass of wine and be A-OK, I had no interest in any alcohol. Go figure.)

So this year? I present to y’all my Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler.

It features a few of my favorite things: fresh strawberries, honey simple syrup (best. discovery. ever!) and honeysuckle vodka.

Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler | This July 4th weekend, cool off with a Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler, a summertime cocktail featuring fresh strawberry puree, honey simple syrup, honeysuckle vodka and club soda. It's light, simple and oh-so-delicious!

Oh, you’ve never heard of this mythical honeysuckle vodka?

Let me share how I was introduced to it: Once upon a time when Winston and I were in New Orleans for a friend’s wedding, and we were staying at a swanky little hotel in the Quarter, tucked just off Bourbon Street. We had a few drink tickets to the bar, so we moseyed our way down before attending a rehearsal dinner. I’d asked the bartender for a Pimm’s Cup, which he said he didn’t have ingredients for, but he suggested another mixed drink, which featured honeysuckle vodka from a small distillery in Mississippi.

I was intrigued and ordered the drink. It was allllllll kinds of tasty.

We ended up chatting about the vodka for a while before Winston and I headed out to the rehearsal dinner, and I made a note to look it up whenever we got home.

Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler | This July 4th weekend, cool off with a Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler, a summertime cocktail featuring fresh strawberry puree, honey simple syrup, honeysuckle vodka and club soda. It's light, simple and oh-so-delicious!

I ended up forgetting about the vodka until I was visiting my family in Memphis a few weeks later. I was making a liquor store run to pick up some wine for the evening. The honeysuckle vodka was in a display case near the front of the store, and I grabbed a bottle, thinking it’d be fun to have at home to make different mixed drinks.

Well, unfortunately, we haven’t used it for much, and I wanted to change that this summer, especially since I can enjoy a mixed drink again.

Honeysuckle is an amazing flavor for the summertime, and when paired with this strawberry/honey puree, it’s divine. Add a little bubbly club soda, and you’re set with a perfect cocktail to sip by the pool or while you hang out in the sunshine.

Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler | This July 4th weekend, cool off with a Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler, a summertime cocktail featuring fresh strawberry puree, honey simple syrup, honeysuckle vodka and club soda. It's light, simple and oh-so-delicious!

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Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler | This July 4th weekend, cool off with a Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler, a summertime cocktail featuring fresh strawberry puree, honey simple syrup, honeysuckle vodka and club soda. It's light, simple and oh-so-delicious!

Here’s how I made it:

 

Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler
Yield: 2 drinks

Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This weekend, cool off with a Strawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler, a summertime cocktail featuring fresh strawberry puree, honey simple syrup, honeysuckle vodka and club soda. It's light, simple and oh-so-delicious!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons honey simple syrup
  • 4 oz. honeysuckle vodka
  • 8.5 fl. oz. club soda

Instructions

  1. In a blender, mix the strawberries and honey simple syrup until smooth.
  2. Pour the strawberry puree mixture and honeysuckle vodka into a shaker with ice, and shake until well-mixed.
  3. Pour into two glasses, then top with the club soda.
  4. Drink immediately!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2 drinks

Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 529 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 5mg Carbohydrates: 104g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 103g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Have you ever tried honeysuckle vodka?

What is your go-to summertime drink?

5 Comments

  1. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    So excited about this recipe, Erin! When we were kids, we’d eat honeysuckle straight from the flower and I adore the flavor! When we bought our home, it was one of the fist things I planted, so I know I’ll love this vodka! Will be picking some up ASAP! Three cheers for being able to enjoy mixed drinks again, Erin!

  2. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    This looks so refreshing and wonderful! I’ve never tried Honeysuckle Vodka, but it sounds amazing. Definitely need to make this ASAP!

  3. Morgan

    THOSE GLASSES – I need those glasses!!!!!!!!!!! And the drink looks so refreshing.

  4. Amanda

    i need to make these immediately!!! didn’t even know they made honeysuckle vodka, will be on the look for it 🙂 and seriously, i am kinda obsessed with your glasses, they are GORGEOUS!!

  5. Sarah

    This looks so amazing! I’ve been there, a few times actually, where all I want is a cold beer or cocktail but can’t because I’m preggo! I just pinned this to try this 4th! Always enjoy your recipes and cocktails and look forward to seeing you at the Pretty Pintastic Party on Friday!

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