The delicate lilac flowers, with their pale hue, imbue the lemonade with a subtle sweetness that tantalizes the taste buds. The soft citrus notes of the lemonade perfectly complement the floral undertones, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that is simply irresistible. Welcome to refreshing lilac lemonade.
There's something about the delicate beauty of lilacs that steals my heart every time. I can't help but feel a flutter in when I catch their sweet fragrance. And now, my love for these lovely blooms has only deepened since I stumbled upon the perfect pairing: lilac-infused simple syrup and lilac infused honey mixed with freshly squeezed lemon.
The result is a refreshing lemonade that's just to be sipped on creaky porches on warm summer evenings, as the sun sets and the stars and fireflies come out to dance. It's the perfect way to unwind after a long day spent tending to the garden, and it's become a beloved ritual for me. There's something about the way the lilac and lemon mingle together that feels so...romantic. Like two soulmates who were meant to be together. Yes, we're still talking about lilacs and lemons. I just can't help but smile every time I take a sip and let the flavors transport me to a dreamy, enchanting world.
Are lilacs edible?
Did you know that lilacs, with their delicate beauty, are not only pleasing to the eye but also to the palate? As a member of the olive family, they offer a unique flavor that can be enjoyed in so many ways. Imagine plucking each flower off its stem and immersing them in cream to create a fragrant milk perfect for adding to your favorite cakes and buttercream. The essence of lilacs can also be infused into sugar, creating a sweet and unforgettable addition to your favorite treats. And for the ultimate indulgence, savor the flavor of lilacs in a creamy, dreamy scoop of lilac ice cream. Or, for a truly romantic experience, try drizzling raw local honey infused with lilacs over your favorite dessert. Trust me, it's worth it to explore the many ways to enjoy these divine blossoms.
Ingredients in this recipe:
- Lilac simple syrup
Quantities in recipe card below!
How to sweeten this lemonade:
Without a doubt - lemonade needs some sweetness ! We added a combination of lilac simple syrup with regular granulated sugar for a beautiful flavor infusion, however you can absolutely skip the granulated sugar altogether, and use lilac infused honey especially if you prefer a more tart lemonade. You can taste and tweak to your desired sweetness.
The benefits of enjoying lilacs in your lemonade:
The compounds found within these delicate blooms can promote blood flow and speed up the healing process when consumed in an infusion, like tea or lemonade. Let us bask in the power of flowers and continue to heal together, through nature and beauty.
Plus, I recommend making an extra batch - it really makes a beautiful gift for springtime occasions
Identifying and harvesting LILAC:
You want to be using lilacs grown organically. Read my post on the best edible flowers to grow in your garden. If it's grown on your property and hasn't been sprayed with pesticides, it's safe to use. Avoid lilac that you're uncertain about or purchased from the grocery store. Read all about Where to buy or find edible flowers for cookies and cakes to learn about best practices for sourcing flowers you'll use in food.
- 8 cups water
- 1 cup fresh or dried lilac flowers
- ½ cup sugar or ½ cup lilac infused honey
- 3 tablespoons lilac simple syrup
- about 8 large lemons, squeezed
- Ice cubes
How to make lilac syrup for lemonade:
This 1:1 ratio is so simple, all it requires is 1 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of fresh lilac petals. I also add ¼ cup of honey for its beautiful ability to balance the floral flavor in this syrup. You will love it! Grab the full printable recipe here.
- Fresh or dried lilac from the garden
- Raw honey, perhaps even lilac infused honey
Step by step how to make lilac lemonade:
Squeeze all of your lemons into a pitcher or large jar. Strain out any pulp or seeds.
Next, add in your sugar and lilac simple syrup.
Add in your clean lilac flowers
Then, boil two of your eight cups of water. Add the hot water to your lemon and sugar mixture to allow your sugar to dissolve. Next, add in your remaining water. Test to make sure it's to your desired tartness or sweetness. Strain out flower, let chill and enjoy over ice.
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