spruce tip syrup recipe

Spruce Tip Syrup

Note that most conifers can be used here: spruce, fir, pine, redwood. Flavor is very variable from tree to tree and species to species. Be very careful not to pick from the yew, which is a common landscaping plant in the US. It is highly toxic. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 1 pint
Author Hank Shaw


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fir or spruce tips, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)


  1. Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a lidded pot, stirring to make sure all the sugar is absorbed.
  2. When it hits a boil, turn off the heat. Stir in the spruce tips, cover the pot and leave to cool. The longer you steep the syrup, the stronger spruce flavor you'll get. I let it steep overnight.
  3. Strain the syrup through cheesecloth, add lemon juice (if using) to taste and bottle.