Pine Tip Soda and Syrup Recipes

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By Dan Jones And Illustrations Daniel Servansky

This woodsy, pine-tip infused sweet soda is a delicious drink. Make your own Pine Tip Syrup (see below) using bright green new pine tips and let it add a manly, live-in-a-log-cabin vibe to your cocktails. Pine syrup works best in a simple, pared-down recipe, but you can always add a little ginger slice if you’re the fancy sort.


  • premium vodka 60 ml (2 oz)
  • Pine Tip Syrup (see below) 30 ml (1 oz)
  • lemon juice, freshly squeezed 15 ml (1/2 oz)
  • chilled soda water to top up
  • Equipment: shaker, strainer
  • Glass Type: coupe


Shake the vodka, syrup and lemon juice over ice until frosty and strain into a coupe. Top up with soda water.

Tip: Chill your coupe for extra frostiness.

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Pine Tip Syrup

Makes enough dashes for approximately 15 drinks


  • 200 ml (7 oz) water
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) demerara, cane or granulated sugar
  • handful of freshly picked pine tips (the little bright green leaves from spruce or pine trees)
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup or corn
  • syrup (optional)
  • Equipment: Non-stick saucepan, wooden spoon, 200 ml (7 oz) Kilner (Mason) jar or glass bottle with stopper and a funnel


Boil the water in a non-stick saucepan and gently add the sugar and pine tips. Reduce the heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon for 3-5 minutes, until all the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear. Turn off the heat and leave to cool. While still runny, pour into a sterilised Kilner (Mason) jar or funnel into a sterilised glass bottle with stopper. Adding a spoonful of golden or corn syrup to the cooled mixture will help keep the syrup smooth. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Also from Vodka:

When it comes to boozy beverages, vodka is the undisputed king. From the Bloody Mary to the Moscow Mule, vodka is the alcoholic chameleon that is the base of many of the world’s most beloved cocktails. In Vodka: Shake, Muddle, Stir, Dan Jones introduces readers to some fun and classy ways to consume this cherished spirit. Starting with the basic kit for your home bar, and following with the best vodka-makers on the planet, this book will have you shopping for your bartending tools like a pro. With more Martini and Cosmopolitan recipes than you can shake a cocktail shaker at, as well as a glut of amazing cocktails you have never even heard of, this is a collection that will enhance your drink repertoire forever. Including recipes for DIY syrups, sours, infusions and more, Vodka: Shake, Muddle, Stir will show you just how versatile this timeless liquor is.

Recipes excerpted with permission from Vodka: Shake, Muddle, Stir by Dan Jones, published by Hardie Grant Books, October 2019, RRP $16.00 hardcover.

Published on Oct 15, 2019