My brilliant friend Stacey came up with this simple and delicious recipe for peony syrup, which I am so excited to share with you. The spiritual properties of peony are about reminding us of balanced generosity—meaning that you can graciously give and receive. When you're balanced in your generosity, you're balanced in the flow of life.
This recipe is another way, apart from our seasonal candles, that we found to celebrate peonies this year! Use it as a base for your summer cocktails and drinks. I like it poured over ice in the blender with a bit of mint or thyme. It's super refreshing plus the energies of mint and peony work well to raise your consciousness into the higher realms of balanced generosity. The perfect vibe for back-deck entertaining!
Peony Simple Syrup
4 peony flowers, organic
3 cups of water
2 - 3 cups of sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
Add the water to a pot and bring to a boil. Gently pull the petals from the stem, leaving any leaves and pollen stamens aside. Once the water has boiled, remove from the heat. Add the peony flower petals to the water and give it a gentle stir to make sure all the petals are submerged. Cover and allow to steep overnight.
The next day, place a mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the liquid from the pot. Gently squeeze the petals to extract the water. Rinse the pot and place the steeped peony water back into the pot along with 2 cups of sugar. You can add the additional sugar if you want the syrup thicker for desserts. Bring this to a boil and cook until sugar has dissolved. The water will look yellow at this point however, not for long.
Once the sugar has dissolved, allow this to cool and then add the lemon juice. The yellowish water will turn a beautiful pink.
Place the syrup into jars and store in the fridge. Enjoy!
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Recipe and photos ©by Stacey Deering. Find her on IG @stacey.deering