I would like to make honeysuckle ice cream (or some other honeysuckle flavored food item).
What is the best way to extract the flavor from just picked honeysuckle flowers?
There seems to be no consensus among the various internet recipes I've found. All suggest something like "add boiling water and soak" or "bring to boil then let cool", possibly followed by letting sit in the refrigerator over night. I tired one version of these last year to no avail (no honeysuckle flavor). Honeysuckle has flowers now and won't one week from now, so there's scant time to experiment.
One last question: how do I know when is the best time to collect the flowers? I've heard morning is best, but I notice the flowers are often very fragrant also in the late evening. I guess after rain is not good (that may have been my mistake last time, actually).