Currently, we can go out for up to an hour for our daily exercise, it’s been important for me to take time to stop and see the beauty we have all around us at this difficult time. I’ve never noticed just how beautiful these little flowers really are. Just look at them. I was inspired to make lilac syrup for the first time. Luckily I had a bottle of pink gin in the cupboard to make a cocktail.
I had no idea there were so many different colours, I can see four here. The darker ones are my favourite.
Lilac Syrup (Makes approx 200ml depending on cup size)
For ease, measurements are in cups.
1 Cup Lilac flowers (The darker flowers give a deeper colour and flavour)
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar (I used granulated)
1/2 Lemon Juice
You may want to add a few blueberries for more colour
Pick off the flowers, making sure all the green stems are removed. Wash the flowers in a sieve, set aside.
In a saucepan, heat the sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the lilac flowers and lemon juice, and simmer for 10 minutes. Then you can add blueberries at this point and simmer for a further 5 minutes if required for colour. Remove from the heat and sieve into a jug. Now leave this to cool for at least 15 minutes and transfer to a glass bottle or jar with a sealable lid and refrigerate. It should keep for 1-2 weeks in the fridge.
You can then add your lilac syrup to hot water for a lightly fragranced tea, with a slice of lemon, or cold water too. You can add it to lemonade, you can even make your own lemonade.
For something a little stronger you can make a lilac and gin cocktail. Which I highly recommend for a warm summer’s day. See the recipe below.
25ml Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin (or a gin of your choice)
10ml Lilac Syrup (Add more if needed)
Top with Lemonade or Tonic
Decorate with a lemon slice and petals
You can also use your syrup in baking, such as biscuits, cakes or scones. I’m looking forward to trying this.
Note: Please use lilacs from your own garden or where you can trust that no pesticides have been used, wash thoroughly and ensure they are safe for consumption.