{Lilac} Cocktails

May 10th, 2012 § 13 comments

On our walk yesterday afternoon, my mom and I took a detour from our daily route and passed the most stunning lilac trees I’ve ever seen. So I took a few bunches home, excited to incorporate the stunning blooms into something culinary.  My initial plan was to extract the blooms in vodka to make lilac liquor, but quickly learned that this doesn’t work very well {thank you Google!}.

So instead I made a lilac syrup, which was a delicious and aromatic success!  I used the syrup to make refreshing cocktails, with just a little gin, soda water and lemon juice. They. were. so. good. {Sorry #champagnewednesdays, I’ll be back next week!} I also made lilac blossom ice cubes by freezing blossoms with water in the ice tray. They made a sweet addition to each drink.

Lilac Simple Syrup

Makes 1 cup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Approx. 2 cups of lilac blossoms
  • 4-6 blueberries

Pick enough lilac blossoms off the branches to fill at least two cups.  Clean blossoms thoroughly, and make sure there are no green stems left.  Place water, sugar, blueberries and flowers in a small pot and bring to boil on the stovetop, stirring every few minutes.  Cook until sugar is completely dissolved and the blueberries have turned the syrup a nice shade of purple. Remove syrup from stove and strain through a sieve into a glass container.  Allow to cool before adding to drinks.  Store in a cool place.

To make a lilac cocktail as seen above, muddle 1 tablespoon of lilac syrup with 2 oz of gin. Top with sparkling water to reach desired taste {I used just a 1/2 cup or so} and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Serve with lilac ice cubes!

Happy happy hour loves! xxx

§ 13 Responses to {Lilac} Cocktails"

  • Lauren says:

    The LIlacs are stunning and that beautiful colour is captured in the drink! How cool is that? I love it. Now I just have to see who is growing Lilac on our street!!

  • Wow – that is the most gorgeous drink I’ve ever seen! I wouldn’t even know where to start, but you make it sound so easy. Lilacs are my favorite flowers, for more reasons than one.

  • Oh, this looks amazing! The ice cubes are just beautiful! I’m definitely going to have to try this next time I have friends over, its so simple too!
    PS: Loving all the vegan recipes! I’ve been vegetarian for many years & recently have been trying to take baby steps to going full vegan (I just can’t give up the cheese!) so will definitely be trying a few! & Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m so glad I found your blog because of it too! 🙂

  • shybiker says:

    Wow! How cool!

    I thought lilacs were something we could enjoy only with our eyes, but I stand corrected. This reminds me of the wonderful time I learned that people in India eat rose-flavored ice cream made from real roses. I buy it in Indian-immigrant grocery stores. The fragrance and flavor are delicious; it feels like you’re eating flowers. I’m sure your lilac creation is equally delightful.

  • wow, it is so pretty! I have tasted lavender icecream and teas, but never lilac!


    Now try making your own limoncello, takes a few weeks of waiting but it’s that time of year to start your batch!


  • Oh wow! I had NO idea you could actually make lilac syrup. I thought they were just flowers meant to be displayed. I learn something new everyday. BTW, thank you for the encouraging comment you’d left regarding mom bloggers. Despite not being a mom, you’ve made so many wonderful points. I wish there are more supportive people like you out there.

  • Charlotte says:

    These look stunning, almost too beautiful to drink!

  • This looks amazing! And I love blueberries too… I bet it tastes so good!

  • Theresa says:

    OMG, what an awesome combination! Gotta try this!! Thanks so much for sharing this! You seriously always have the coolest recipes! 🙂


  • Rachel says:

    This looks fabulous! Definitely going to try it when the lilacs bloom later this year.

  • Chelsea says:

    completely enchanting! i live in LA where there is wild sage absolutely everywhere, this has inspired me to get to using it. gracias! xoxo chelsea at http://nowismagic.blogspot.com
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