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.

lilac cocktail in a coupe glass with fresh lilac flowers in foam
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Lilac bushes are so beautiful and smell amazing. The lilac bush outside our house was here when we moved in and I’m pretty sure it’s at least 30+ years old. 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 good, but they are edible 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 is appropriately named the Lilac Beauty Cocktail. The lilac flavor comes from a homemade lilac syrup. Ginis made with gin, but you could also use vodka. The fresh lilac flower garnish also enhances the lilac flavor by adding an extra lilac aroma. The gin and lemon juice balance all of the lilac flavor for a perfect mix!

lilac syrup and fresh lilac flowers

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 flowers add a subtle floral flavor to a drink or food. To enhance the flavor, fresh lilac flowers as garnish will add aroma and more lilac flavor to this cocktail.

lilac cocktail and a bottle of gin

How to Make a Lilac Cocktail

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
lilac beauty cocktail in a coupe glass

What else to use Lilac Syrup for

  • Make Lilac Cupcakes!
  • Add to your morning coffee or latte
  • Add to lemonade or iced tea
  • Use on top of pancakes or waffles
lilac cocktail and a lilac cupcake with fresh lilac flowers

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.

How do you create foam on a 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 or use aquafaba as an egg white alternative. Aquafaba is the “bean liquid” usually from garbanzo beans/chickpeas. It’s gluten-free and dairy-free and an excellent alternative for people with an egg allergy, who don’t consume eggs, or do not want to use raw egg white. Simply substitute 1-2 tbsp of aquafaba for 1 egg white. Please see the notes on egg whites in the recipe.

lilac cocktail with fresh lilac flowers as garnish

More Cocktail Recipes to Try

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.

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17 thoughts on “Lilac Gin Cocktail”

  • 5 stars
    Guess what? We have a lilac tree in our backyard! It didn’t flower last year so I was not aware of it. Unfortunately we have so many Gypsy Moth Caterpillars that the blossoms have all died before I had time to pick them and make syrup. This cocktail is definitely something I need to try!!

    • YES!!!!! Ok, get rid of those gypsies and next year I hope your tree does wonderful things 😂. I also did some research on pruning mine so that I could get as many blooms as possible. They are such resilient and awesome flowers.

  • 5 stars
    I remember your instructions for syrup from the cupcakes recipe. Added to this cocktail, it must make it incredibly fresh and aromatic! Still hunting lilacs in the vicinity, although I believe I’m a little too late this spring – I blame it on the horrible weather:(

    • This drink definitely smells wonderful. All of the lilac flowers here in the Pacific Northwest are done for the year too, but there is always next year! I hope you find them if only to enjoy how beautiful they are…but you should also make this drink. LOL😃

  • 5 stars
    I follow you on Instagram and saw this the other day. And then thought, “man her parties must be lit”. Your drinks never dissapoint.

    • 😂 LOL, you are too funny! I do enjoy a good party and I can confirm that my friends like me to be the bartender more often than not. No complaints from me 😁.

  • 5 stars
    I love lilacs and never realized they were edible until I found your blog! I had to try this and what a wonderful cocktail it is! Mine looks almost as pretty as yours!

  • I wish we had some lilac trees where we live. I don’t drink alcohol but I would love to mix the lilac syrup with some other drinks. That will taste so good. What’s your favorite?
    Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  • 5 stars
    The only problem with this drink is that it’s so pretty that I might just smell it and stare at it instead of drinking it! Thanks for such a creative drink idea. I can’t wait to host a party one day again and make this! (assuming party’s ever happen again… one can dream!)

    • LOL! It does smell amazing but I promise it tastes even better! I’m still dreaming of the day I get to throw a party with this drink as well…until then it’s a party of one! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤓

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