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JAPANESE LILAC GIN LEMONADE


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Japanese Lilac Gin Lemonade

  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part filtered water
  • 1 part soda water
  • 1 part Japanese Lilac Honey Syrup
  • 1 part Eau Claire Parlour Gin

Japanese Lilac Honey Syrup

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups fresh lilac blossoms

Instructions

  1. Begin by harvesting your lilacs. Ensure the lilacs you choose haven't been sprayed with pesticides and are blooming in a relatively pollution-free environment (for example, harvesting lilacs that grow next to a busy road isn't ideal). Purple lilacs will also work in this recipe, however, the flavour and colour will be slightly more intense.

  2. Trim 4 -6 bushels from the lilac tree or bush.

  3. Remove lilac florets from branches. Wash lilacs thoroughly to remove dust, pollen and bugs.

  4. Add water and honey to a small pot, boiling for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add lilac florets, stirring to combine. Allow the mixture to steep for a minimum of 1 hour, or up to 8 hours for maximum floral flavour.

  5. Once the Japanese Lilac Honey Syrup has steeped, pour it into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer. Transfer to an airtight container and set aside -- it will keep for up to 1 month, refrigerated.

  6. Juice lemons.

  7. Build your Japanese Lilac Gin Lemonade in a cocktail shaker by adding 8 ice cubes, along with 1.5 oz of each ingredient. Shake vicariously, until cocktail shaker becomes cold.

  8. Strain contents into a tall glass with fresh ice.

  9. Garnish with lilac florets or a slice of lemon and a fun straw.

  10. Cheers!

Recipe Notes

To make a tall cocktail like the ones pictured here, use 1.5 oz of each ingredient. For a pitcher, use 2 cups!