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. Homemade lilac syrup and candied lilac flowers add a unique and delicious flavor to both of these treats!

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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 recipes for a Lilac Gin Cocktail, Lilac Cupcakes, Lilac Frosting, Lilac Syrup, Lilac sugar and Candied Lilac Flowers. That’s a lot of lilac!!

Lilacs in my front yard.
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Lilac Beauty Cocktail

Course Drinks
Keyword cocktail recipe, edible flowers, gin cocktail, lilac cocktail, lilac syrup

Ingredients

Lilac Cocktail

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz lilac syrup
  • 1 large egg white
  • fresh lilac flowers for garnish and aroma

Lilac Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lilac flowers (washed and separated from stems)
  • 1-2 drops purple food coloring (or red and blue)

Instructions

Lilac Cocktail

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

Lilac Syrup

  • 1. Place all ingredients except 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 from heat and let the mixture steep as it cools completely (at least 2-3 hours). Strain liquid into a container with a lid. Add food coloring if desired. The syrup will last in the fridge in a sealed container for 2-3 weeks.
    cooked lilacs for lilac sugar
Lilac cupcake with candied lilac flowers.
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Lilac Cupcakes and Frosting

Homemade lilac syrup and candied lilac flowers add a unique and delicious flavor to these cupcakes!
Course Dessert
Keyword candied flowers, lilac cupcakes, lilac dessert, lilac frosting, lilac syrup

Ingredients

Lilac Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp
  • ¾ cup lilac sugar (see notes)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp lilac syrup (see recipe above)
  • ½ cup milk

Lilac Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
  • 4-6 cups powdered confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-5 tsp lilac syrup (see recipe above)
  • purple gel food coloring (or red and blue)
  • fresh or candied lilac flowers for decoration (see below)

Instructions

Lilac Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line your cupcake pans.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl together: flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then beat in egg and lilac syrup.
  • Add about a third of the dry ingredients and mix in. Add half of the milk and mix. Add another third of the dry ingredients, mix. Add the rest of the milk and dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Fill liners with batter and bake for 20-23 minutes. Cool, frost and enjoy!

Lilac Frosting

  • 1. Beat butter until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  • After 4 cups, add vanilla, milk, lilac syrup and food coloring.
  • Continue to add the rest of the powdered sugar until desired sweetness and consistency is achieved. Frost, decorate and enjoy!

Notes

  • 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 contianer 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. 
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Candied Lilac Flowers and Lilac Sugar

Course Dessert
Keyword candied lilac flowers, lilac sugar, lilacs

Equipment

  • spice grinder or small food processor
  • small, clean paintbrush

Ingredients

Candied Lilac Flowers

  • Fresh lilac flowers (washed, dried and separated from stems) (only use flowers that have not had any pesticides or chemicals on them)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp water
  • ½ cup superfine sugar (grind sugar in grinder or food processor)

Lilac Sugar

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh lilac flowers, rinsed and stemmed

Instructions

Candied Lilac Flowers

  • Beat egg white and water with a fork until bubbly.
  • Place clean, dry flowers on wax paper. Take each flower individually, paint completely with egg wash.
    lilac flowers and sugar for candied flowers
  • Place painted flower in a small dish with superfine sugar, shake until completely covered with sugar.
    candied lilac flower in sugar
  • Place back on wax paper and allow to dry completely, this takes a few hours.
    candied lilac flowers

Lilac Sugar

  • Add to grinder or food processor and pulse just a few times until flowers are completely incorporated.
    lilac flowers and sugar in grinder
  • It doesn't take much. I use my old coffee grinder and it works great! I would recommend making this ahead and storing it in a sealed container for at least a few hours. The longer it sits, the more flavor gets into the sugar.
    lilac sugar

Notes

  • Candied Lilac Flowers will last a day or two. If you completely cover the flower with egg wash, it’s more likely to stay purple. Store in airtight container.

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