Quart-sized mason jar.
Fresh spiderwort flowers, freshly blooming.
3 tablespoons of raw honey.
1. Two cups of flowers.
2. Gently add some honey to the flowers. You can experiment with how sweet you like it.
3. Add water, almost full.
4. Close the jar and wait for 3-5 days.
5. It is ready when it is bubbly. Since you can eat the whole plant you can leave it in or strain it if you prefer to only have the liquid.
6. Serve cold.
Blue Dye (from Spiderwort)
From Sharon Brown, Dave's Garden:
8 cups of water,
8 cups of blue flowers, no green!
Combine flowers with water and bring to boil, then set away from heat and let set overnight.
Come morning, strain the plant out, and save the blue water.
Dissolve 1 tablespoon alum with 1 teaspoon cream of tarter in a small amount of hot water, and stir into dye. Use a long wooden spoon and be sure it dissolves good.
Add white fabric, soak over nite or till it is as dark as you want.
The alum sets the dye in the fabric and the cream of tarter makes the dye a brighter color and softens the fabric.