You know that spring has arrived in full force when lilac bushes are in full bloom. I love their fragrance and the memories I associate with it. I was romanced by lilacs even as a child. I would pick a blossom and carry it around with me as I played.
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Frequently Asked Questions
This depends on a few factors including where you live, and the variety of lilac because there are early, mid and late blooming varieties. Lilacs bloom somewhere between the months of April and June and typically are in bloom for about two weeks.
Lilac syrup should be stored in the fridge and will keep for up to one month when it has a splash of lemon juice in it.
If you don't have a lilac bush in your backyard, this is a great opportunity to make a friend in the neighbourhood. You could knock on a neighbour's door and tell them you hope to make some recipes with lilac petals and that you'd love to share your creations with them. You could also take this opportunity to consider planting a lilac bush in your own backyard. The world always needs more lilacs!
It's super simple. Wash your lilac petals thoroughly. Fill a tray with water and snip just the petals (avoid the stems) into the ice cube tray. Push the petals down slightly into the water so they're submerged and then freeze. I like to do several trays while I'm at it.
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Lilac ice cubes: Fill an ice cube tray with water and sprinkle snipped lilac petals over the tray. Press the petals down to submerge in the water and freeze.
Make lilac syrup. (See the recipe below for full instructions.)
Make the lemonade: Extract the juice from approximately 4-5 lemons until you have 1 ¼ cup of lemon juice.
In a large glass pitcher, combine lemon juice, water and lilac syrup. Give the lemonade a stir and give it a taste. Adjust now to your taste preference. If you like a sweeter lemonade, add more syrup or sugar. If you like a more tart flavour, add some more lemon juice. If you find the flavour is too strong, add a bit of water.
Add a tray of ice cubes and a few slices of lemons for a beautiful presentation. Enjoy!
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To Make The Lilac Syrup
- 4 cups lilac petals Be careful not to include any stems
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- ½ tbsp lemon juice To prolong shelf life. (Not necessary if using right away.)
To Make The Lilac Lemonade
- 1 ¼ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup lilac syrup
- lilac ice cubes
- slices of lemon
For The Lilac Syrup
- Thoroughly wash your lilac blooms to make sure they're free of any critters or dirt. With kitchen scissors, snip the individual petals, avoiding any stems or greenery. Measure out 4 cups of petals and add to a large mason jar.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Stir frequently so the sugar can dissolve and not stick to the bottom of the pot. Boil for 2 minutes and then remove from heat.
- Pour the hot syrup over the blossoms in the jar. Cover and let sit on the counter for at least 6 hours or preferably over night so that the flavour can be fully extracted into the syrup.
- After the mixture sits, strain the syrup through a sieve to remove all the petals. Now your syrup is ready to use! If you'll be storing it in the fridge, stir in some lemon juice to prolong the shelf life. Lilac syrup will keep in the fridge for about a month.
For The Lilac Lemonade
- Plan ahead. If you wish to have lilac ice cubes for your lemonade, fill an ice cube tray with water and sprinkle snipped lilac petals over the tray. Press the petals down to submerge in the water and freeze.
- Extract the juice from approximately 4-5 lemons until you have 1 ¼ cup of lemon juice.
- In a large glass pitcher, combine lemon juice, water and lilac syrup. Give the lemonade a stir and taste. Adjust now to your taste preference. If you like a sweeter lemonade, add more syrup or sugar. If you like it more tart, add some more lemon juice. If you find the flavour too strong, add a bit of water.
- Add a tray of ice cubes and a few slices of lemons for a beautiful presentation. Enjoy!
‘Til next time,