It's May of 2019, and I've been deepening my joy with Lilac due to a happy meeting of a neighbor who has such an abundance of Lilacs that I'm allowed to take as many as I want.
Hence, alllll the lilacs photos lately. I've been adding Lilacs to my drinks, food, car console, bathwater, etc.
I have posted Lilac recipes in past years, and this year I have perfected Lilac syrup on a new level. Working on future projects with Lilac, too.
I find that the easiest way to taste Lilac is using a strong Lilac Syrup in a mocktail or cocktail that doesn't have a lot else going on. Since the flavor of Lilac is so fleeting and special, it's nicer that way!
3-4 tbsp. of Lilac Syrup
3 tbsp. fresh squeezed juice of Meyer Lemon
1.5 oz. Vodka (optional)
In a shaker with ice, rigorously shake the syrup, lemon, and vodka. Strain into a nice glass with an ice block. Top with fizzy water and some lilac blossoms to elevate the beverage.
This is such a simple and delightful drink. Meyer Lemon compliments Lilac perfectly.
6 tbsp. Lilac Syrup
6 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
32 oz. water
This is such a refreshing drink that's easy to throw together! Just mix it all together and add ice + some lilac flowers.
Yield: 8 oz.-ish
2 full cups of freshly foraged Lilac Blossoms (ideally in the morning)
1 cup water
1 cup fine sugar
Gently bring sugar and water to a boil, add Lilacs, simmer for 10 minutes (covered!). Turn off heat, let sit for several hours before straining and refrigerating. Use within a couple of weeks.
If you don't have access to unsprayed Lilacs, I am offering a very limited amount of my special version of the syrup, and it comes with a Lilac Essence, too!