Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lilac Simple Syrup

Did you know lilacs are edible?
  What kind of a person would eat them?
A survivalist?
That's not me.
Maybe drink them.....but definitely not eat them

Lilac Simple Syrup
2 Cups lilac buds
2 Cups of water
2 Cups of sugar
1/2 tsp citric acid or lemon juice
a few blueberries for color, or food coloring

Throw the buds in a pot....

with some water and sugar.....

I threw in a dozen blueberries for color.

Gently boil for about 20 minutes and add the citric acid.  Careful cuz it foams up when you add the acid!
And strain into a jar.  I keep this jar in the refrigerator.

A splash of lilac simple syrup to soda water, makes for a refreshing drink

It's so hard to let go of lilacs this year....I felt the need to save a bit of spring for next winter.  Tomorrow I will be picking a huge batch and process sterilized filled canning jars of lilac simple syrup for 45 minutes.......
And here it is, tomorrow!

 If it's a long, cold winter, 
 me and "lilac gin drink" will stay
 nice and warm cuz I'm really stocked up!