Bring the heady aromas of Christmas back into the house with this infusion. Hemlock, spruce or Douglas fir work best. Foraging in winter. Pick the very tip of the branches; these are the most tender and full of flavour and fragrance. Rinse well and let them air dry at room temperature on a wire rack for a couple days. Once they are completely dry, remove the needles (the very end ones) from the woody branches. You will need around 85g
Makes enough for 10
85g of dried fir tip needles
50g of dried lemon balm
50g dried rose petals
10g of dried lime mint
In a bowl, gently mix all the ingredients. Keep in an airtight container away from light, like a tin for a month.
Hot – steep about 5g of the fir in 200 ml of hot water for 4/5 minutes, strain and inhale a wee bit of Christmas
Cold – steep 5g of the fir (per person) with 250ml of cold water and let steep overnight in the fridge, add a shot of white rum or vodka for your summer cocktails.