How to make the perfect lilac syrup

Bring a touch of subtle scent to your summer cooking
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

One of our favourite things about the month of May is that we start to see lilacs bloom. Did you know that you can use them to make a syrup for cakes, yoghurts, frostings or simply put it in your water on a warm summer's day? This recipe is absolutely delicious and so simple to make. 

What you’ll need:

  • 4 lilacs stems
  • 500ml water
  • 350g sugar
  • 1/2 lemon

TIP: The darker the blossoms, the more colourful the syrup will turn

*Note: Only use lilacs specially grown for consumption or if they're from your own garden, ensure that you can trust the pesticides used and that the lilacs are thoroughly washed before use.

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5 little-known facts about lilacs

Find out more about this enigmatic spring bloom:

1. Believe it or not, the tree we see bursting into stunning purple bloom in so many English gardens, is in fact a member of the native Mediterranean olive family.

2. Once you’ve seen a lilac tree in full bloom, you won’t forget its beauty in a hurry – which is just as well because these short-lived blossoms only flower for about three weeks in spring. Enjoy them while you can.

3. ...Having said that, some varieties will bloom several times in a year. The most consistent and prolific re-blooming lilac is the aptly named Bloomerang!

4. There are more than 1,000 varieties of lilac bushes and trees – so there really is no excuse for not finding the perfect flower to suit your tastes.

5. Ever wondered why you are hit by the heady scent of lilacs more dramatically on certain days? Lilacs are more fragrant on a warm, sunny day.