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How to Make Lilac Lemonade

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There’s nothing better than a refreshing cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, and even better, this Lilac Lemonade. Learning to use edible flowers is a lot of fun and so tasty. This lilac lemonade recipe would make a perfect summer party drink. So good and so pretty!

How to Make Lilac Lemonade

We love making things with nasturtiums, lilacs, dandelions, and lavender so far. And we are learning all the time. Check out these ideas with edible flowers:

Homemade lemonade

Homemade lemonade is better than a pre-made mix because it allows you to control the ingredients and the amount of sugar added. And the flavor has NO comparison! When you make your own lemonade, you can adjust the sweetness and tartness to your liking, resulting in a perfectly balanced flavor.

Homemade lemonade uses fresh lemons, which contain more natural flavor and nutrients than a pre-made mix. Pre-made mixes may also contain artificial ingredients, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup, which can detract from the overall taste and quality of the drink.

Making homemade lemonade is a fun and easy activity that you can do with family and friends, and it’s a great way to experiment with different flavors and add-ins, such as herbs or fruits, to create a unique and personalized drink. Another of our favorites is watermelon lemonade, oh yum!

lemons on a cutting board with a lemon reamer and slices and a bowl and whole lemons

Are lilacs edible?

Many flowers and plants that we typically don’t eat are edible and lilacs are one of them. It’s not common to see recipes with lilacs, but they are so beautiful and fragrant and they have a wonderful flavor. It’s subtle, but different. And they make things special.

Lilacs are a type of flowering plant in the olive family, known for their beautiful and fragrant purple or white blossoms. They are native to Eastern Europe and Asia and are widely cultivated as ornamental plants in gardens and parks throughout the world.

Lilacs typically bloom in late spring to early summer and can grow to be several meters tall. They are deciduous shrubs or small trees with heart-shaped leaves and clusters of small, tubular flowers that are highly fragrant. The flowers are often used in perfumes and soaps due to their pleasant aroma.

In many cultures, lilacs are associated with springtime, renewal, and love. They are also a popular gift for Mother’s Day and other special occasions. Lilacs are easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of soil conditions, making them a favorite of gardeners and nature lovers everywhere. We love growing them. And they are perfect to go with these Mother’s day ideas:

Make sure when you get your lilacs to use they haven’t been treated with pesticides or anything else harmful. Pick fresh blooms early in the morning for the most flavor, and wash them well under running water.

ingredients for lilac lemonade

Lilacs make a great garnish for salads or addition to baked goods. As well as a perfect compliment to homemade lemonade! Check out these lilac recipes:

top view of a glass of lemonade with lilacs in it

Tips for the best lilac lemonade

  • If serving immediately, serve over ice.
  • For the best flavor let the lemonade sit overnight!
  • Add a sprig of lilac to your serving glasses for a gorgeous presentation!
a glass of lemonade on the deck with a lemon pillow

Lilac lemonade

lilac lemonade on a mat with a glass and some lilac flowers
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Lilac Lemonade

Sweet, tangy, refreshing lemonade with a subtle hint of sweetness and fragrance of lilacs. So good!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Chill Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemonade, lilac flowers, lilac lemonade
Servings: 8
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Christina


  • 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice 7-10 lemons
  • Extra lemons for garnish
  • 1 ½ Cup of granulated sugar
  • 8 ½ cups of water
  • Ice to fill the gallon container
  • 2-3 heads of lilac


  • Cut your lemons in half and juice them
  • Strain the juice with a strainer
  • Refrigerate
  • Soak your fresh lilacs in cold water for at least 2 hours
  • In a saucepan add 1 cup of water to 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • Heat to a simmer stirring consistently until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and refrigerate.
  • Slice a lemon and add it to the pitcher.
  • Add your lilac, lemon juice, syrup and 7 more cups of water. (Make sure all ingredients are cold so they won’t wilt the lilac flowers)
  • Stir together.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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