Vodka and spruce tip soda
In a food processor, place:
2 cups spruce tips, trimmed of papery sheath and stem
Process until finely chopped. Reserve.
In a saucepan, combine:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Place over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool slightly. Add:
Reserved spruce tips
Allow the mixture to steep for 3 hours at room temperature, then strain through a fine mesh sieve into a glass jar. Discard the pulp.
Refrigerated, the syrup will keep for about 1 month.
Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice cubes. Add:
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces spruce tip syrup
Stir gently. Top with:
Seltzer water to fill glass
Fresh spruce tips