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Homemade Pine Simple Syrup

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Last Updated on January 26, 2024 by Leah Hall

Homemade Pine Syrup is wonderful in cocktails, drinks and teas. This sweet and savory syrup is reminiscent of the mountains!


If you want to bottle the scent of Christmas then this Pine Syrup is the way to do it! Make pine syrup with needles right off your own tree if you have one. Spruce or Douglas fir needles work best for this recipe and are the safest to use (more about that below!)


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Pine Simple Syrup in small jar with pine sprigs in jar and beside jar

Pine Syrup

This Pine Simple Syrup is made by steeping pine needles in sugar syrup. It is a wonderful way to add some Christmas cheer to festive cocktails. So, we are bringing you a recipe for pine syrup and some great Christmas cocktails and a non-alcoholic drink, too!


Homemade pine syrup can lend a fresh and herbaceous flavor to all sorts of winter cocktails. These Christmas cocktails are full of the fresh flavor of pine, and definitely bring the holiday spirit to your cocktail party! Make a batch of this pine syrup and use it in mocktails and cocktails all throughout your holiday season!

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The syrup smells like a pine forest and tastes a little citrusy! It’s an interesting flavor that a lot of people haven’t had, and we definitely think you need to add it to your repertoire!


Pine also pairs well with cinnamon and cardamom, as well as mint.

What Pine To Use in Pine Syrup

Pine trees are categorized by their needles and how the needles grow on the branch in bundles of 2-5, along with the expected pine cone. You will want to be sure that the trees you are taking the needles from aren’t being treated with anything chemical, and when gathering needles, try to find the younger needles which are a lighter green.


The fresher the needles, the better. Spring is best for finding fresh tips, but you can harvest during fall or winter as well. Just pick the youngest looking pieces on the tree.

Syrup in small jar with pine sprigs in jar and beside jar


Other conifers have cones that are sometimes mistaken for pine, so be sure you have a real pine and not some other cone bearing evergreen tree. We actually use a spruce in this recipe, as that’s what we have in our backyard, but have used pine as well.


Please be sure that the pine needles you are using are edible. Make sure you have properly identified the tree. Please see our safety warning below.


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How to Make Pine Syrup

Made like any other infused simple syrup, pine syrup needs steeping. Make an easy simple syrup (sugar and water), and then remove from heat, add the pine needles and steep for 2-3 hours.


When cool, strain the pine syrup. The syrup can be refrigerated for up to a month.


Try it in our Pine Old Fashioned, Evergreen Gin and Tonic or Honey Bourbon Pear Cider!

Pine Simple Syrup in small jar with pine sprigs in jar and beside jar

Safety Warning for Pine Syrup

Not all varieties of pine are safe to eat. Ponderosa Pine, Yew, Australian Pine, Hemlock and Norfolk Island Pine are poisonous when ingested, so make sure you know what pine you have and are using. this is if you are using fresh needles that you forage yourself. you can buy pine needles online and those are safe and already cleaned for you, which makes it easier!


Gastronom accepts no responsibility for ingesting poisonous pine needles or anything else.


Pregnancy and breastfeeding: There is not enough information about the safety of taking pine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


Asthma, allergy: Pine pollen can cause an increase in allergic symptoms, even in people who test negatively to pine skin tests. So make sure you are aware of this.


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Pine Simple Syrup in small jar with pine sprigs in jar and beside jar
Yield: 1 cup

Pine Syrup - Pine Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

This pine syrup is herbaceous and a little citrusy, perfect for Christmas and winter cocktails!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pine needles, or small branch to infuse


  1. Stir together water and sugar in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, take off of heat.
  2. Place pine needles or spruce branch in syrup to infuse for at least 2 hours, making sure needles are covered.
  3. After infusion, strain out needles and place in jar or airtight container in fridge for up to 1 month.


Make sure to check out pine/spruce information in the article above, and our safety warning, as well before making this recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

.50 ounce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Carbohydrates: 12.50gSugar: 12.50g

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