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jar of purple liquid surrounded by lilac blossoms

Lilac Simple Syrup

Amy Traynor
This easy simple syrup is flavored with fresh lilac blossoms.
Prep Time 10 mins
Steep Time 4 hrs
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup fresh lilac blossoms
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 blueberries, for color (optional)


  • Gather about 6-8 clusters of lilac blossoms. Give the clusters a good shake to remove any debris or bugs.
  • Pluck the individual purple flowers from the stems, avoiding any green parts. Collect 1 cup of tightly packed flowers.
  • Boil one cup of water. Combine the boiling water with one cup of sugar in a heatproof container and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Stir the lilac blossoms and the blueberries (if using) into the syrup, cover, and let steep for 4-5 hours.
  • Strain out the flowers and store the finished syrup in the refrigerator in a clean, covered container such as a mason jar.
Keyword edible flowers, lilac, simple syrup, syrups