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How to Make Lilac Simple Syrup

It’s lilac season!  Spring is in the air and the flowers are too beautiful to just look at.  As such, I’ve found multiple ways to use these herbaceous purple flowers in recipes and crafts.  In order to get lilacs infused into recipes, you’ll need to make this lilac simple syrup recipe.  As we all know, lilacs aren’t in bloom for very long, so it’s important to gather them early and make your infused lilac oil and simple syrup recipe before the season is over.

How to Make Lilac Simple Syrup

In addition, did you know that lilacs are edible?  You can use the lilac oil to make cocktails, martinis, and flavored drinks, or even infuse lilacs into oil, sugar or honey.  Lilacs are a very versatile flower.  If you want to try infusing lilac oil, you can read how to do this here.

How to Make Lilac Simple Syrup

And, did I fail to mention that this lilac simple syrup is delicious?!  I was shocked that I have never tried this syrup before.  I’m going to be making more of this syrup every year that the bushes are in bloom.

How to Make Lilac Simple Syrup

I will admit that I took every lilac branch off of one of my bushes and whipped up a large batch of this simple syrup and canned it so that I can use it all year long!

Lilac Simple Syrup Recipe

How to Make Lilac Simple Syrup

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4-5 Blueberries for color
  • 1 Cup Lilac Blossoms


  1. Combine the sugar and water in a pan.  Heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add in the lilac blossoms and blueberries.  The blueberries are solely to add color to the syrup.  They will not affect the flavor.
  3. Simmer the blossoms and blueberries for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the blossoms out of the syrup.  Put the syrup in a fancy bottle or a leak-proof container.

How to Make Lilac Simple Syrup

What to make with lilac simple syrup:

Lilac Simple Syrup Cocktail

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As I stated earlier, you can add this simple syrup to cocktails, martinis, lemonade, popsicles, etc.  The world is your oyster.  I made a lilac “virgin” martini by combining 2 jiggers of simple syrup and 2 jiggers of triple sec .  Delicious!

DIY Lilac Simple Syrup

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