Lilac Simple Syrup
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I love canning homemade simple syrup, and this lilac simple syrup is no exception. It’s so easy, and a perfect way to start canning if you haven’t already. It’s perfect for flavoring iced tea, lilac lemonade, and home brewed kombucha, and it is one of my favorite simple syrups.
The recipe for simple syrup is very basic. You don’t even have to can it. I can mine so that I can make a large quantity at one time. When you are working with lilac flowers or rose petals, they don’t last very long.
You really need to use them the day you pick them. If you can the syrup you can make a bunch all in one day and then enjoy that fantastic flavor all winter.
To make homemade simple syrup, all you need is equal parts sugar and water, and whatever you are going to use to flavor it. I’ve used lemon, ginger, vanilla, and lilac flowers to flavor mine so far and they all turned out great.
This is a basic recipe for simple syrup. The recipe will make about 7 pints of simple syrup, enough to fill up your boiling water canner. You can adjust the amounts of sugar and water, as long as you keep the 1:1 ratio.
This recipe is safe for boiling water canning because the sugar has a high enough acidity to keep you from having to pressure can it.
Make sure that the lilac flowers that you are using have not been sprayed with any pesticides. Any flowers that have been sprayed are not safe to eat.
Note: The color of your lilac simple syrup will vary depending on the color of your lilacs. The syrup I made from my light lavender lilacs made an almost clear syrup.
If you want your syrup to be more lavender colored, you can add one drop of red and one drop of blue food coloring to each jar after you have poured the liquid into the jar (optional).
Easy recipe for canning lilac simple syrup for cocktails, flavored iced tea, flavoring kombucha, and more. Easy canning recipe for beginners.
- 10 cups sugar
- 10 cups water
- 6-8 cups lilac flowers
Place sugar and water in a large stock pot. Simmer sugar and water mixture until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat.
Gently remove the lilac flowers from the stems and rinse in a colander like this one to remove any dirt and insects. Place the rinsed lilac flowers in the stock pot. Stir. Let the flowers sit in the dissolved sugar mixture for a couple of hours so that the mixture will absorb the flavor of the flowers.
Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or strainer to remove the flowers from the liquid. Heat liquid up again, until just simmering. Pour the liquid into sterilized pint sized canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. You can easily measure the head space with this inexpensive canning funnel.
Wipe rims of jars with a damp paper towel or dish towel and place sterilized lids and rings on jars.
Place jars in a boiling water canner and make sure you have 1 inch of water above the tops of the jars. Add additional water if necessary. Bring water to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.
Remove jars from canner and place jars on a towel on the kitchen counter to cool. Lids will make a pinging noise when they seal. If in a couple of hours the lid isn't flat and sealed, then place the jar(s) in the refrigerator to use in the next couple of weeks. Sealed jars can be stored in a cool dark place for 1-2 years.
Uses for Lilac Simple Syrup
- Make your own sparkling soda by mixing 1 part lilac syrup to 3 parts club soda. I use my Soda Stream machine to make my own sparkling water. It is so much cheaper than buying club soda.
- This lilac syrup can be used as a topping on ice cream or yogurt.
- Add this lilac syrup to your favorite cocktail.
- You can add this lilac syrup to your lemonade or iced tea for a refreshing summer drink.
More Simple Syrup Recipes
- Strawberry Simple Syrup
- Ginger Simple Syrup
- Rhubarb Simple Syrup
- Rose Simple Syrup
- Dandelion Syrup
- Rose Hip Syrup
- Lavender Simple Syrup
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16 Comments on "Lilac Simple Syrup Canning Recipe"
Thanks for sharing! How long is it good for after the can has been opened?
Could you use lavender blossoms dried or fresh?
yes, as long as it’s culinary lavender. I personally use 1.5 tbsp per 1 cup sugar. If you grow your own, just make sure it’s safe for consumption. Otherwise you can often buy culinary lavender at your local farmers’ market 🙂
Can purple food coloring be added to this canning recipe ?
Hi! Yes, you can definitely use food coloring to change the color of your syrup if it is too light in color.
Hi! Would you happen to know if it would be safe to can a syrup recipe of sugar, water, and maple and vanilla extract, using the same procedure you have here? Thanks!
Hi! Yes, it would be safe to replace the lilac with other flavorings like maple and vanilla. The important thing is to keep the sugar/water ratio the same as in this recipe to make sure the recipe is safe for canning.
Thanks so much for this recipe AND for the ideas for use! I have a massive hedge of lilacs and am going to make some of your syrup!!
Love this – didn’t ever think to can simple syrup. But how do you use this in? Can you give us more examples and or recipes (and more flavours if you’ve made more)? Thanks so much!
Hi! I know some people use syrups like this in their cocktails, but I use it to flavor homemade sodas and iced tea. I use a whole pint of the syrup in a gallon of iced green tea. I haven’t tried it in my kombucha yet, but will try it soon. Here is the kombucha recipe. So far I have only posted the recipe for ginger simple syrup. I will post recipes for rose petal, lemon, and vanilla simple syrups soon!
Hey, LOVE YOUR WEBSITE. I have just recently come to your website and already have made the Lilac Simple Syrup, which I used along with your Rose Petal Simple Syrup to make some incredible adult beverages for a party. I have a question though. I have all this canned Lilac Simple Syrup now and would like to make some Lilac Jelly to give as gifts. Your recipes (and maybe I am missing it) only include how to make the Jelly with the fresh flowers. What is the recipe for making it with the Simple Syrup?
Thanks for being so amazing.
Hi! Glad you like my site update 🙂 I’m not sure how you would make the jelly from the syrup…you need to have the exact amounts of water and sugar so that your jelly will set, and I’m not sure how you would know how much sugar was dissolved in your syrup??
Can you tell me what you can use Lilac syrup for?
Hi! I am using my lilac syrup to flavor iced green tea. I make a gallon of green tea and add a pint of the syrup to it. My whole family likes it. I don’t do caffeine so I am using decaffeinated green tea and it turned out great.
I add a few blueberries to make the color a bit darker. I use the syrup to make kombucha. It’s delicious.
Yum, that sounds delicious!