This lilac cordial takes about a week to make, but it is well worth the wait. It is divine in ice cold water with a slice of like, but you can also add it to baked goods, jams, and jellies. It tastes like a combination of rose hips and gooseberry, adding a tartness to anything that you find too sweet. As the cordial develops throughout the week, you'll notice that it takes on a beautiful, ethereal color.

Lilac Cordial [Vegan]



  • 3 cups clean lilac flowers, about 8 flowerheads
  • 6 1/3 cups water
  • 5 cups golden sugar or sugar of your preference
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 teaspoons citric acid


  1. Pour the sugar and water into a pot and bring it to a boil. Be careful with it, hot sugar water is dangerous since the boiling point is a lot higher than water.
  2. Once the sugar as fully dissolved, take the pot off the hot plate, add the citric acid, and let it cool down just a little bit while you assemble your other ingredients. It is important to let it cool because the liquid is so hot at this stage that it could crack your jars.
  3. Add the cleaned petals and juice of one lemon to a big jar, or alternatively, split it among smaller jars.
  4. Pour the hot sugar water over the flowers and seal the jars immediately. Store in a dark and cool place for 5-7 days, gently shaking the mixture every day.
  5. After 5-7 days, strain the liquid through a mesh sieve and discard the flowers. Store the liquid in clean bottles or freeze it in an appropriate container.


Makes 8 cups.