Tina Zellmer / Backpacker magazine / DIY Conifer Infusion

Tina Zellmer

This lovely illustration by Tina Zellmer, for backpacker magazine, is an instruction to make a Conifer Infusion yourself.

This infusion can be used to make an elixir to soothe coughs and boost the immune system. Or use it as an ingredient in a signature foraged cocktail.
Clip of a few small branches from a conifer tree (pine, spruce, fir, etc.). Do NOT use Yew, which is toxic.
Chop the needles and twigs and fill a jar halfway with the trimmings. Cover the plant matter with your favourite alcohol, or apple cider vinegar. Add a few tablespoons of honey or maple syrup. Cover and let steep for one week, shaking daily.