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a mason jar of pale purple syrup next to lilac flowers.

Lilac Simple Syrup Recipe

Amy Traynor
This easy syrup recipe is flavored with the incredible floral fragrance of fresh lilac blossoms. Add a pop of purple color by adding a few blueberries to the hot syrup while it steeps!
Prep Time 10 mins
Steep Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 jar of syrup


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


  • 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, floral syrup, lilac, lilac syrup, simple syrup
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