This recipe uses lilac flowers to make a refreshing lilac iced tea. Because lilacs aren't just pretty spring flowers, they're also edible!
- 1 cup packed lilac flowers
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6-8 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea or 6-8 tea bags (use your preferred tea)
- 1 lemon, cut into slices for serving
- In a small saucepan, add the lilac flowers, sugar, and 1 cup of water. Over low heat, bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir to dissolve the sugar and let simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool and steep for at least an hour.
- While you wait, make the tea. Boil 6-8 cups of water in a kettle. Add your tea to a pitcher and pour over the boiling water. Let steep for 3-5 minutes or as your specific variety instructs. Be careful not to brew anything too strong, otherwise, you may not be able to taste the lilac. Strain out the tea leaves and let cool.
- When the syrup has finished steeping and cooling, strain it into a jar. Press the flowers to release all their flavor and syrup.
- To serve, fill your glasses with ice and pour over the iced tea and splash of the lilac syrup. Garnish with lemon and lilac flowers.
Use whatever kind of tea you prefer. Just know that a stronger flavored tea will make it more difficult to taste the lilac flavor.
If serving the pitcher all at once, you can simply add the lilac syrup to the pitcher and pour over glasses of ice. If the pitcher sits for a while, though, just give it a stir before pouring as the syrup tends to sit on the bottom.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Infusing
Keywords: lilac tea, iced tea, lilac flowers, sugar, simple syrup