i made 2 bouquets in old mason jars, one for the house and one for the shop. not only do i get to have the fragrance of the plant for a little bit longer, but keeping geranium in some water prolongs the plant so i can use as much of it as possible.
(just another Thursday night: cleaning and sorting geranium plants!)
For the longest time i have been wanting to turn this plant into a cocktail-type ingredient, i haven't really seen it on any menu (tell me if i am wrong) and anyone who has a geranium knows that once it is established, it grows like crazy (hence the trash bag present). The first two things that came to mind were sugar and sugar.
SCENTED GERANIUM SUGAR
- handful of large geranium leaves
- 1 large mason jar (quart)
- 2 cups of sugar (or whatever you need to fill the jar)
- 2 c water
- 2 c sugar
- 1 c washed geranium leaves
Add the leaves to the sugar mix and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain the leaves and bring the mix to a boil again for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool and pour into cute jars.
(bottles from Ikea, $1 store down the street and the nice lemonade @ Trader Joes)
I have to let the syrups cool before i can use them, but i am planning on making geranium mojitos tonight when our friend mike comes over so i will be posting about that and a few other things i make!