Learn how to make lilac simple syrup, a springtime favorite, and enjoy the sweet floral taste of lilacs, in your glass or on your plate.

Catch lilacs when they are in full bloom, to use the flowers to make this delicious lilac simple syrup.

Lilacs are edible flowers. The heady floral scent of the blossoms can be infused into this sweet simple syrup.

A lilac simple syrup is a simple syrup, with the addition of lilac, which is gently infused to give a light floral taste.

This syrup is made from fresh lilacs while in season, and contains only a few basic ingredients.

Ensure that your blossoms are organic, and safe to eat. Pick from the freshest flowers, and not from spent blooms.

This floral syrup can be used as a base to make special drinks, and is great to have on hand to add to cocktails and sodas.

Lilac Syrup Ingredients: -Lilac Blossoms- 2 cups tightly packed -White Sugar- 2 cups -Blueberries (optional)- 3 or 4 berries -Lemon Juice (optional)-2 tbsp

The ratio of the lilac simple syrup is 1:1:1.This means a simple syrup of equal parts: one part lilac blossoms, to one part water, to one part sugar.

To process the flowers, remove the individual blossoms from each lilac bloom. Use only the open blossoms for a fuller taste.

In a medium sized saucepan, boil together the sugar and water, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Add the blueberries and lemon juice if you are using them. They will help to add colour to the lilac syrup.

Allow the sweet liquid to cool down, to a warm or lukewarm temperature, then pour the warm syrup mixture over the prepared lilac blossoms in the bowl.

Stir the lilac florets in the simple syrup, covering all the flowers. Then allow the mixture to infuse at room temperature for several hours.

Cover, and place the mixture into the fridge to further infuse. Leave in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours, depending on the strength of the lilac taste that you would like.

Remove from the fridge when done, and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the lilac bits.

Pour through a funnel, and place syrup into clean prepared jars. This simple syrup will last for two to three days in the fridge.

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