Recipe: Lime honeysuckler

We’ve been busy here at Invasivore… busy concocting delicious mixed drinks!  That’s right, we’re combining invasivory with mixology and sharing the recipes for our adult readers.  Please feel free to do some experimentation yourself and as always, drink responsibly!

Ingredients:

  • Honeysuckle simple syrup (to optimize the honeysuckle flavor, use freshly made honeysuckle syrup)
  • Club soda
  • Rum
  • Lime cut into wedges

Instructions:

  1. Mix one part honeysuckle syrup with 4 parts club soda and a shot of rum
  2. Finish with a squeeze of lime
  3. Insert tiny umbrella or garnish with a leftover honeysuckle flower or another invasive species (for example, Himalayan blackberry in the picture below)

Feel free to adjust the ratios to your tastes and eliminate the alcohol to make a kid-friendly beverage.

Lime Honeysuckler with Himalayan blackberry garnish (Photo credit: S. Sim)

Slainte!

Sheina

A self-proclaimed modern day nomad, I was born in the Philippines, grew up in southern California—lived all over really—and now I do research as a graduate student in Indiana and the Pacific Northwest. Professionally speaking, my current area of focus is speciation and ecological genetics and genomics, and a common theme in my various projects over the years is evolution in agricultural systems. As a recipient of a GLOBES—an interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Integrative Graduate Education, Research, and Traineeship grant (IGERT) —fellowship, I have received training which has better enabled me to view and ponder topics without my science hat on. I take great joy in eating, cooking, and experiencing nature through various activities. I love to travel and anticipate many local and international invasivore field trips! Though my research interests do not directly involve the study of invasive species, I have had my fair share of negative encounters with environmentally noxious organisms in the midst of doing field research. I carry around a machete with which to combat my gnarly “Himalayan” foes, and my machete and I have raised more than a few eyebrows. Apart from my personal vendetta against these deliciously juicy pests, I feel that there are great advantages to linking our awareness of the natural world to our culture, and Invasivore is an avenue to do just that. I feel that an increase in general knowledge of invasive species will be of great benefit to the field of invasive species and conservation biology. Knowledge and awareness will lead to action, and action will lead to results!

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