Lilac Gin Cocktail

A decadent Lilac Gin Cocktail to add to your springtime bar recipes. Fresh lilac syrup and fresh lilac flowers add a beautiful aroma and taste that is unique and delicious.

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Lilac bushes are so beautiful and pretty easy to care for. The bush outside our house was here when we moved in and I’m pretty sure it’s at least 30+ years old. Probably more honestly, apparently they live for up to 200 years!! One of the many things I love about lilac bushes is that they give you so many flowers! Not only do they smell amazing, but they taste pretty good too!

lilacs blooming on a lilac bush

I’m pretty proud of this Lilac Gin Cocktail recipe because I created it myself and I couldn’t wait to share it! Springtime is the best time of year with all of the fresh flowers blooming everywhere and green popping up to make things beautiful again. When I discovered you could eat lilacs I was all in and of course, I had to make a cocktail!

How do you get the Lilac flavor in the 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. The fresh lilac flower garnish also enhances the lilac flavor by adding extra lilac aroma. The gin and lemon juice balance all of the lilac flavor for a perfect mix!

Are lilac flowers edible?

Yes! They are edible and delicious! You need fresh, clean lilac flowers (no chemicals used) to make these recipes. You also want to pull the flowers off gently and ensure there is no stem left (the green parts). The stem will make the flavor bitter and no nearly as good as it should be.

lilac cocktail with egg white foam and fresh lilacs for garnish

What tools do I need to make this cocktail?

To make this Lilac Gin Cocktail you will need a cocktail shaker, a measuring jigger, a fine-mesh strainer, and a cocktail glass.

Being a home bartender can be so much fun…if you have the right tools. You don’t have to break the bank and you don’t have to own EVERY tool you’ve ever seen at a bar. BUT, if you want good cocktails, you need the right tools. Check out my post for a List of Bar Tools for home bartenders that will help you decide what tools you may want or need for your home bar.

What else to use Lilac Syrup for

  • Make Cupcakes! Check out my recipe HERE
  • Add to your morning coffee or latte
  • Add to lemonade or iced tea
  • Use on top of pancakes or waffles

How do you make the foam on a Lilac Cocktail?

Add an egg white 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 cocktail

Lilac Beauty Cocktail

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


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)


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


*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.

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

How to Make Candied Lilac Flowers

You can also make candied lilac flowers for a garnish. You will need fresh lilac flowers, 1 egg white, 1 tsp water and ½ cup superfine sugar.

  1. Beat the egg white and water together with a fork until bubbly.
  2. Place the clean, dry flowers on wax paper. Take each flower individually, paint completely with egg wash.
  3. Place the painted flower in a small container with the superfine sugar, gently roll around until completely covered with sugar.
  4. Place the flower back on the wax paper and allow to dry completely, this takes a few hours.

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