Few things are better than fresh, homemade lemonade and it is very easy to add extra flavor to make it a little more interesting. Come spring when lilacs are in bloom, you can add this sweet, fragrant flower to your lemonade and it is very easy and extremely interesting.

This Lilac Lemonade recipe plays off of the basic lemonade recipe, which uses 2 parts water to 1 part each fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. The only difference here is that I’ve switched to a homemade lilac simple syrup (a full tutorial is linked in the recipe below) and the difference is amazing. Honestly, it surprised me how well it worked out and I almost like it better than regular lemonade.

The lilac gives the lemonade a dark floral background and the syrup turns the drink a soft pink-purple color that is fun and unique. This is would be a great spring project that could involve the entire family. I’m sure kids would love to forage for then prepare the lilacs for the syrup and they will enjoy the finished product as well. You will also find this drink (and any homemade lemonade, for that matter) is far more refreshing and healthier than any lemonade you buy at the store.

If you like, add some sparkle to this drink with a light soda. I would recommend ginger ale or club soda, though you could have fun experimenting with the unique flavors of a soda company like DRY Soda. Their lavender, rhubarb, even cucumber sodas might work surprisingly well here.

Lilacs come only once a year, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to give this a try!

Lilac Lemonade Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Drink

Lilac Lemonade Recipe

When lilacs are in bloom, make up a refreshing, sweet, and homemade Lilac Lemonade.

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  1. Pour the syrup, lemon juice, and water into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with a lemon slice.
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Fresh Lilac Lemonade Recipe