Make Lilac Syrup For A Taste of Spring
Making lilac syrup is a simple affair that yields a stunning bottle of delight. First, you will need to gather enough flowers to make one cup of blooms. Four to five blooms is usually plenty. Remove the flowers from the green, woody stems — being careful to avoid tiny creatures or spent blooms. (Please note, you will want to harvest lilac blooms from bushes that have never been sprayed with chemicals.)
Lilac Syrup Recipe
In a small saucepan combine:
1 cup pure cane sugar (or you may substitute with appropriate proportions of stevia)
1 cup water
Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved and simple syrup begins to thicken. Then add:
1 cup densely packed lilac blossoms
3-4 blueberries (to add purple color to your syrup)
Gently stir to combine and return to a boil. When lilacs reach a boil, remove from heat and smash blueberries against the side of the pan to release color. Allow mixture to steep until cool. Pour through a fine mesh strainer (tea strainer works well). Pour into a jar and use immediately, or refrigerate.
Lilac syrup is delicious on pancakes or waffles, scones, cornbread — even as a simple syrup in mixed drinks. Get creative and enjoy the sweet tastes of spring!
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