Lilac Sugar

4.5 from 2 reviews

A simple yet elegant way to brighten baking and drink recipes. Lilac flowers bloom in the spring, make jars and store lilac sugar until the following season.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lilac flowers (stems removed)
  • 1 glass jar


  1. Pick fresh lilacs and give them a good shake. Check for any bugs or little critters (I picked my lilacs after a fresh rainfall).
  2. Pick flowers off their buds and remove any green leaves, stems or browning flowers.
  3. In a large bowl add sugar and lilac flowers together. Using your fingers rub the flowers into the sugar to release the oils.
  4. Add lilac sugar to a glass jar and leave for one week for the flavours to be fully absorbed.
  5. Use lilac sugar in baking or to sweeten tea or cocktails.


The sugar will clump together as the lilacs will give off moisture; every few days shake the jar to break the sugar up. The flowers will start to brown as well.  Don’t panic, this is completely normal! 

You can make as much or as little lilac sugar as you’d like, and you can add more or less flowers depending on the floral strength you prefer.



Keywords: Lilac Sugar, Desset, Lilac

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