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
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the cleaned petals and juice of one lemon to a big jar, or alternatively, split it among smaller jars.
- 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.
- 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.