I think everybody already heard about elderflower syrup, but what about lilac syrup? Yes you heard right. You can conjure a outstanding syrup from the lilac umbels and a super fresh cocktail as well. The color is definitely a huge bonus for me. Depending on the color of the flowers you get a more or less pink liquid.
I plucked the umbels in my garden, what’s the optimum because I know that they’re not sprayed with pesticides. If you don’t have lilac in your garden (or even no garden) I recommend to ask a neighbor or go on a walk at a nearby park and gather a few umbels.
You definitely have to rinse the vessel with boiling water so that no mold can grow during the process. Then the UNWASHED flowers can be plucked from the umbels and are given in the closable vessel together with the lemon slices. Now boil the water in a pot, add the sugar and citric acid and let it boil for a few minutes. Then pour the hot sugar water over the flowers and close the vessel.
After 3 days it must be drained. Put a kitchen towel in a sieve and place this on a pot. When the whole syrup was filtered he will be boiled briefly again and filled (still hot) into bottles.
I can tell you this syrup not only tastes good with sparkling water, you can add a shot of it to a glass of sparkling wine and create a delicious cocktail.
If you want to try my recipe and you should ;-) I advise you to tackle it as soon as possible before the lilac finished flowering. Also try not to pick the umbels after a rain because then the delicious pollen is lost.
Do you think my Lilac is a real alternative to Hugo?
- 15 lilac umbels
- 1/2 oz citric acid
- 1 lemon
- 2 1/4 pounds sugar
- 2 1/2 pints water
Rinse a 3 liter vessel inclusive lab with boiling water.
Sclice the lemon and pluck the flowers from the umbels.
Solve the sugar and citric acid in the water and boil it.
Pur the boiling sugar solution over the flowers.
Let it rest for 3 days.
Place a kitchen towel in a sieve and put it on a pot.
Filter off the solution and boil it again.
Fill it it in sterilised bottles.