This refreshing and fresh lilac lemonade recipe is the perfect drink to embrace the lilac season. It is such a great way to enjoy the lilac blossoms, no only their fragrant blossoms, but their lilac flavor as well!

This recipe features my favourite lemonade concentrate recipe and is complete with only some fresh lemon slices, cold water, and fresh lilac clusters. If you don’t have your own homemade lemonade concentrate, you can easily substitute it for store-bought lemonade or a simple lemonade recipe with fresh lemons and sugar. 

Outdoor setting with a pitcher of lemonade with lilacs and lemon slices on a wicker tray, with flowers and cookies.

Tips

  • Intensity of Flavor: The strength of the lilac flavor can be adjusted by the amount of lilac blooms used and the duration of the infusion. For a stronger lilac taste, use more fresh lilacs or extend the infusion time.
  • Serving Suggestion: This lilac lemonade is a perfect, refreshing drink for spring and summer days, garden parties, or any occasion where you’d like to offer something special and floral.
  • Edible Flowers: Make sure the lilacs you use are edible and the lilac bushes haven’t been treated with chemicals or pesticides.
  • Typed of Lilacs: Using a mixture of white lilacs and purple for garnish adds a interesting spring feel to the lemonade.
A person holding a bouquet of fresh white and purple lilacs with green leaves, set against a backdrop of a pale sidewalk and a blue patterned skirt.

Ingredients

  • Fresh lilac blossoms (ensure they are edible and pesticide-free)
  • Canned homemade lemonade concentrate
  • Cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: sugar or honey, to taste
  • Optional: lemon slices and additional lilac blossoms for garnish

How to Make Lilac Lemonade

1. Prepare Lilac Infusion

Clean the Lilacs: Gently rinse the lilac blossoms to remove any dirt or tiny insects.

Cold Infusion: Fill a large pitcher or jar with cold water. Add the rinsed lilac blossoms to the water, ensuring they are fully submerged. Cover the pitcher and let it sit in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight, to allow the lilac flavor to infuse into the water.

A pitcher of lemonade with white and purple lilac blossoms and lemon slices, next to a glass and cookies.

2. Strain and Mix

Strain: After the infusion period, strain the water to remove all lilac blossoms. You’ll be left with lilac-infused water.

Mix with Lemonade Concentrate: In a large pitcher, combine the lilac-infused water with the canned homemade lemonade concentrate. Use 1 cup of lemonade concentrate per 3 cups of lilac water. 

3. Adjust Flavor

Sweeten If Needed: Taste the lemonade and, if it needs more sweetness, add sugar or honey according to your preference. Stir well until fully dissolved.

Outdoor setting with a pitcher of lemonade with lilacs and lemon slices on a wicker tray, with flowers and cookies.

4. Serve

Chill: Place the pitcher of lemonade in the refrigerator to chill, or serve immediately over ice cubes to cool it down.

Garnish: Pour the chilled lilac lemonade into glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and a few fresh lilac blossoms if desired.

More Spring Recipes

Fresh Lilac Lemonade

Learn how to make fresh lilac lemonade to embrace the lilac season this spring!
Prep Time2 hours
Servings8 servinfs

Equipment

  • 1 Pitcher or Large Jar, To mix the lemonade and to allow the lilac blossoms to infuse in water.
  • 1 Fine Mesh Strainer or Cheesecloth:, To strain the lilac blossoms from the water after infusion.
  • 1 Spoon or Stirring Stick, To stir the lemonade concentrate with the infused water and to mix in any additional sweeteners if needed.
  • Knife and Cutting Board, If you're using fresh lemons for garnish, you'll need these to slice them.
  • Glasses, For serving the lemonade.

Ingredients  

  • Fresh lilac blossoms
  • Canned homemade lemonade concentrate
  • Cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: sugar or honey, to taste
  • Optional: lemon slices and additional lilac blossoms for garnish

Instructions 

Prepare Lilac Infusion

  1. Clean the Lilacs: Gently rinse the lilac blossoms to remove any dirt or tiny insects.
  2. Cold Infusion: Fill a large pitcher or jar with cold water. Add the rinsed lilac blossoms to the water, ensuring they are fully submerged. Cover the pitcher and let it sit in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight, to allow the lilac flavor to infuse into the water.

Strain & Mix

  1. Strain: After the infusion period, strain the water to remove all lilac blossoms. You’ll be left with lilac-infused water.
  2. Mix with Lemonade Concentrate: In a large pitcher, combine the lilac-infused water with the canned homemade lemonade concentrate. Use 1 cup of lemonade concentrate per 3 cups of lilac water. 

Adjust Flavor

  1. Sweeten If Needed: Taste the lemonade and, if it needs more sweetness, add sugar or honey according to your preference. Stir well until fully dissolved.

Serve

  1. Chill: Place the pitcher of lemonade in the refrigerator to chill, or serve immediately over ice cubes to cool it down.
  2. Garnish: Pour the chilled lilac lemonade into glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and a few fresh lilac blossoms if desired.

Notes

  • Intensity of Flavor: The strength of the lilac flavor can be adjusted by the amount of lilac blooms used and the duration of the infusion. For a stronger lilac taste, use more fresh lilacs or extend the infusion time.
  • Serving Suggestion: This lilac lemonade is a perfect, refreshing drink for spring and summer days, garden parties, or any occasion where you’d like to offer something special and floral.
  • Edible Flowers: Make sure the lilacs you use are edible and the lilac bushes haven’t been treated with chemicals or pesticides.
  • Typed of Lilacs: Using a mixture of white lilacs and purple for garnish adds a interesting spring feel to the lemonade.

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