Every year I choose one word to focus on the meaning of for the entire year. This year for my personal life I chose the word JOY. Who doesn't want or deserve more JOY in their life. One of the things that is incredibly joyful for me, is to bring nature inside my home. To create medicine with it, but also to cook with it or just for pure joy.
The recipe below isn't about soothing aches and pains or addressing a symptom of fibromyalgia. It's about joy. Something that makes me smile and I wanted to share that with you.
Let's start with making a Simple Syrup!
What you need:
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of water
1 brimming full cup of fresh lilacs. You just want the flower not the green parts at all.
Mix sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Stir and makes sure that the sugar is completely dissolved.
Next bring the temperature down to a simmer and add your lilac flowers. Simmer for 1 minute.
Cover the pot, remove from heat, and allow the lilacs to steep for 1-3 hours depending on your taste.
Strain the flowers and keep in the refrigerator.
This lilac simple syrup is my favorite for a fresh squeezed lemonade but you can also use this in cocktails, or drizzled over your favorite ice cream of dessert.
The best way to create a lilac lemonade that you know you will love is to choose your favorite lemonade recipe and substitute regular simple syrup with the lilac simple syrup we created above.
What you need:
About 9 Lemons, freshly squeezed and seeds removed
Your Lilac simple syrup from above
3-6 Cups of Ice cold water
Simple add your lemon juice, lilac simple syrup and 3 cups of cold water to your pitcher and stir really well. Now taste! If your lemonade is too tart add more water a cup at a time until your lemonade is balanced. Alternatively you could add a bit more sugar or lemon juice until you get just the perfect recipe.
Garnish with a few lilac blooms and a thin slice of lemon!