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Before dragging your Christmas tree to the curb or local recycling center, considering clipping a few branches and making this balsam fir and spiced syrup from Local Milk. Beth suggests using it as a mixer for cocktails (especially gin) and tea (hot or iced), and you can also pour it over baked goods, drizzle it on yogurt, make marshmallows with it, or create a sweet and savory glaze for fowl or game. What a fun way to make the holidays (and your tree!) last a little longer.

What You Need


  • 8 cups of water
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, crushed
  • 1 nutmeg, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves or 6 whole cloves lightly crushed
  • Pinch of mace (optional)
  • Pinch or two of salt
  • 2 tsp citric acid or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1.5 cups balsam fir or other edible conifer needles, roughly chopped


  • Large saucepan
  • Cheese cloth
  • Mesh strainer
  • Bottles to store
  • Sharp knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the full recipe, head over to Local Milk.