Lilac Cocktail and Lilac Cupcake Recipes

The adventures of a Cocktail and a Cupcake continue and since it’s spring, Fresh Lilac is the theme this month. Here are the Lilac Cocktail and Lilac Cupcake Recipes. Both are made with homemade lilac syrup and candied lilac flowers to add a unique and delicious flavor.

Lilac cocktail with fresh lilac buds and a lilac cupcake with lilac buttercream frosting and candied lilac flowers and fresh lilac flowers in the background
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Are lilac flowers edible?

I just found out lilac flowers are edible and I am so excited to share these recipes with you! You need fresh, clean lilac flowers (no chemicals used) to make these recipes which means you have to make them in the spring, but it’s worth the wait!

Below are both the Lilac Cocktail and Lilac Cupcake recipes. There is also a recipe for Lilac Frosting, Lilac Syrup, Lilac sugar and Candied Lilac Flowers. That’s a lot of lilac!!

lilac flowers on a lilac bush
Lilacs in my front yard.

How do you make a Lilac Cocktail?

This Lilac Cocktail, that is appropriately named the Lilac Beauty Cocktail, is made with gin, but you could also use vodka. To get the lilac flavor, you will make a quick lilac syrup (that is also used to make the lilac buttercream frosting!). The fresh lilac flower garnish also enhances the lilac flavor by adding extra lilac aroma. It may seem like a lot of lilac, but it’s actually a subtle floral flavor that is balanced with the lemon juice.

How do you make the foam on the Lilac Cocktail?

An egg white is added to get the beautiful, creamy foam on top. It adds an extra level to this cocktail that enhances the aroma and texture. In order to achieve the perfect foam, dry shake (no ice) all of the ingredients in your cocktail shaker first. Then you will add the ice and shake again. Lastly, you need a fine mesh strainer to finish it off. You can leave out the egg white and still have a delicious cocktail. Please see the notes on egg whites in the recipe.

lilac beauty cocktail in a coupe

Lilac Beauty Cocktail

Gin, lemon, Fresh lilac syrup and fresh lilac flowers add a beautiful aroma and taste that is unique and delicious.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Lilac syrup cook time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 223kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker
  • measuring jigger
  • fine-mesh strainer
  • a cocktail glass of choice
  • small saucepan
  • funnel
  • sealable jar or bottle to store syrup

Ingredients

Lilac Cocktail

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounces lilac syrup
  • 1 large egg white
  • fresh lilac flowers for garnish and aroma (washed and separated from stems)

Lilac Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lilac flowers (washed and separated from stems)
  • 3-4 drops purple food coloring (or red and blue)

Instructions

Lilac Cocktail

  • Add the gin, lemon juice, lilac syrup, and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (no ice) for 20-30 seconds to combine everything and create a foam.
    lilac cocktail after dry shake
  • Add fresh ice to the shaker and shake again for another 20-30 seconds. Strain the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into a cocktail glass. Add fresh lilac flowers for garnish, the aroma will also enhance this drink. Cheers!
    lilac beauty cocktail

Lilac Syrup

  • Place all of the ingredients except the food coloring in a small saucepan on the stove. On medium-high heat, bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
    lilac flowers in pan for lilac syrup
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to steep as it cools completely (at least 2-3 hours). Strain the flowers from the liquid into a sealable jar or bottle. Add the food coloring, seal the container and shake to combine. The syrup will last in the fridge in a sealed container for 2-3 weeks.
    lilac syrup in a bottle

Notes

*The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers it safe to use raw eggs if they are pasteurized. Bottom Line: Raw eggs may contain a type of pathogenic bacteria called Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. However, the risk of an egg being contaminated is quite low. Please proceed at your own risk and decide if you are ok with this. I have never had an issue.
*Nutrition facts are for 1 prepared cocktail.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.4g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 17.1g | Calcium: 4mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Here are some more cocktail recipes to try:

lilac cupcake with lilac buttercream frosting and candied lilac flowers on top

How do I get lilac into a cupcake?

It’s easy to infuse floral flavors into baked goods! For the cupcakes, you will use lilac sugar and lilac syrup to achieve a subtle lilac flavor. The lilac buttercream also uses the lilac syrup.

How do I make Lilac Sugar?

Make your own lilac sugar in your coffee grinder! Place 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbsp lilac flowers in your coffee grinder. Pulse until combined. Place in an airtight container until ready to use. You can store for several weeks. The sooner you make and store, the more flavor will infuse into the sugar. Check out m post HERE for even more ideas on how to use your coffee grinder.

lilac cupcake on a pink platter

Lilac Cupcakes and Lilac Buttercream Frosting

These Lilac Cupcakes and Lilac Buttercream frosting are beautiful to make and even more delicious to eat!
5 from 21 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 cupcakes
Calories: 312kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • cupcake pan
  • cupcake liners
  • piping bag and tip
  • medium mixing bowl
  • large mixing bowl
  • silicone or rubber spatula
  • small saucepan for syrup
  • small coffee/nut grinder, food processor, or blender for lilac sugar

Ingredients

Lilac Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temp
  • ¾ cup lilac sugar (see notes)
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon lilac syrup (see notes)
  • ½ cup milk, room temp

Lilac Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
  • 4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoon lilac syrup (see notes)
  • 2-3 tablespoon milk
  • purple food coloring (or red and blue)
  • fresh lilac flowers for decoration

Instructions

Lilac Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare the cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
    cupcake pan with cupcakes liners
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add the egg, lemon zest, and lilac syrup and mix in.
    dry ingredients for lilac cupcakes
  • Add half of the dry ingredients and mix into the sugar mixture using a spatula or spoon (you don't want to overmix the flour!). Add half of the milk and combine. Repeat until all of the ingredients have been mixed in.
    lilac cupcake batter
  • Fill liners with batter and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake. Allow the cupcake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
    baked lilac cupcakes

Lilac Frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, whip the butter until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
    creamed butter for frosting
  • Add 2 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and mix in completely. Put in the vanilla, milk, and lilac syrup and combine. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and continue beating until the frosting is smooth. Add the food coloring and mix in completely.
    lilac buttercream frosting
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes using a piping bag and tip of choice (I used Wilton 2D). Add fresh lilac flowers on top of each cupcake for aroma and decoration. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • Ensure you use only lilac flowers that have not been sprayed with chemicals. Rinse the flowers and remove them from the stem before eating or using them in these recipes.
  • Make your own lilac sugar in your coffee grinder! Place 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbsp lilac flowers in your coffee grinder. Pulse until combined. Place in an airtight container until ready to use. 
  • Make your own lilac syrup by steeping lilac flowers in a simple syrup. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 1 cup lilac flowers in a small saucepan. Being to a boil and remove from the heat. Allow the syrup to steep and cool for 2-3 hours. Strain the flowers from the syrup, add purple food coloring, and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.2g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 18.1g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 29.7g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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candied lilac flowers

Candied Lilac Flowers

Make candied lilac flowers for a garnish, decoration, or a fun treat!
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Dry Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 40 flowers
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • wax paper
  • 2 small bowls
  • small, clean paintbrush
  • spice/nut grinder or small food processor

Ingredients

Candied Lilac Flowers

  • 40 fresh lilac flowers (washed, dried, and de-stemmed)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar (see notes for how to make at home)

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, beat the egg white and water together until bubbly. Take each clean and dry flower and paint it completely with egg wash.
    lilac flowers and sugar for candied flowers
  • Place the painted flower in a small dish with superfine sugar, shake until the flower is completely coated.
    candied lilac flower in sugar
  • Place the flower on wax paper and allow it to dry completely, this takes a few hours.
    candied lilac flowers

Notes

  • To make superfine sugar, add regular granulated sugar to a spice/nut grinder or food processor and pulse just a few times until the sugar resembles a fine grind. Don’t go too far or you will end up with powdered sugar. 
  • Store candied flowers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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