Recipe: Lilac Syrup

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Lilac syrup, saragalactica.com
Lilac syrup, saragalactica.com

I'm working on a lot of cocktails behind-the-scenes right now. They're mostly Sherlock-related because, well, this is coming up: While I've been concocting new recipes, the seasons have changed, and our garden is exploding with beautiful lilac flowers. I did a little research and learned that lilacs are edible (something I'm sad to admit I didn't know before) and that you can make awesome shit with them, such as lilac syrup. I didn't have my bad ass sister, Andrea, here to take photos this time, so this recipe is a little image-scant. However, this is the sorta thing anyone who can pick flowers and simmer water can do. I promise.

Lilac Syrup

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • A shit-ton of lilac florets, carefully removed from their stems (as much as possible without removing the base of the flower). How much is a shit-ton, you ask? I didn't actually measure, but I would imagine I was using anywhere between 6-8 cups of lilac flowers. Give the stems a few good shakes and inspect them for bugs before pulling the flowers off for the syrup.
Lilac syrup, saragalactica.com
Lilac syrup, saragalactica.com

  1. Combine sugar and water. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar is completely dissolved, and the mixture is justabout to come to a boil. 2. Pour hot simple syrup over lilac florets. Stir. 3. Cover with plastic wrap or other lid and let sit overnight, stirring occasionally before you go to bed. 4. Strain. I used a mesh strainer with no problems. If you don't want any plant sediment, line a strainer with cheesecloth first. 5. Store in clean bottles/jars in the refrigerator.

Lilac syrup, saragalactica.com
Lilac syrup, saragalactica.com

Those soggy lilac florets? Make sure you drain every last drop of the syrup you can into those jars o' magic.

Then: You can spread them out on a wax or parchment paper lined sheet pan and allow to dry overnight. Toss with a little extra sugar and, voila! Candied lilacs. I used brown sugar because I forgot I used all of my white sugar for my syrup! The brown works nicely, though:

Candied lilacs, saragalactica.com
Candied lilacs, saragalactica.com