Lilac Simple Syrup

Make your own Homemade Lilac Simple Syrup that you can use in coffee, tea, desserts, cocktails, and more! With just 3 ingredients, you can have this delicious and floral treat ready in no time!

a flip top bottle with lilac syrup in it
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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 not nearly as good as it should be. Lilac flowers add a subtle floral flavor to a drink or food, so don’t expect anything overwhelming.

How to Make Lilac Simple Syrup

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

What to Use This Homemade Syrup for

  • Make a Lilac Cocktail like my Lilac Gin Cocktail!
  • In coffee, tea, or lemonade. Lilac syrup makes the best lattes and iced tea!
  • Put it on top of pancakes, waffles, or ice cream.
  • Make some Lilac Cupcakes pictured below!
  • Give it as a gift!
8 lilac cupcakes with fresh lilac flowers on top

How to Store Lilac Syrup

This syrup should last 3-4 weeks when stored in the fridge in a sealed container. I use flip-top glass bottles (seen below) for my homemade syrups and they work great. You can find them at most craft stores and beer-making supply stores or online.

lilac syrup in a flip top bottle

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Lilac Simple Syrup

An easy and delicious homemade Lilac Simple Syrup to use in cocktails, coffee, and more!
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Steep and Cool Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • small saucepan
  • mesh strainer
  • funnel
  • sealable bottle or jar

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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 syrup before cooking
  • 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 3-4 weeks.
    lilac syrup in a bottle

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

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12 thoughts on “Lilac Simple Syrup”

  • 5 stars
    I wish I can find fresh Lilacs here, curious about the smell when making the syrup and the taste of baked goodies. The instructions are easy to follow.

    • Oh, I hope you find some someday, they smell amazing! And I’m sure you are guessing the smell is quite nice in the kitchen when making the syrup and cupcakes 😊.

  • I am so excited about this because lilacs are my favorite flower! I imagine the syrup would smell so good. I’m eager to see how it tastes but trust your opinion that it will be delicious! I see some buds forming on my lilac bush so just a bit more time before I can try this out.

    • Yay, I can’t wait either!! I hope you make these when those beautiful flowers bloom. The flavor is just like the scent, it’s very mild but beautiful. Enjoy!

  • 5 stars
    I love this syrup! And only the color is the dream! But what I like most is that you can use it so versatile already! Thank you!

  • 5 stars
    I wish I would have known that lilac flowers are edible. We had a huge beautiful lilac bush when we lived in Idaho; it smelled so good when it bloomed.
    I love how easy and simple it is to make lilac syrup. I will have to try it when I have some lilac flowers again. Thanks for showing us how to make it!

    • What a bummer you don’t have the bush anymore but I hope you find one near your new home. Since you know how they smell, you can imagine they taste just like the flower with a little sweetness behind them. So good!

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