Blackberry & Lilac Simple Syrup – a sweet while fruity and floral addition to all kinds of baking creations!
What is a simple syrup infusion?
Let your creative juices soar by playing with simple syrup infusions. Simple syrup is a thick, relatively viscous liquid composed of merely two ingredients. At its core, simple syrup is the process of dissolving sugar into an equal amount of water. That’s it! Simple syrup, as an ingredient, can be utilized in an infinite amount of ways within the culinary world. With the addition of another ingredient to these two base ingredients, you’ve created an infusion – all of a sudden you’ve taken a syrup that seems “simple” and kicked it up a notch!
Using Lilac Flowers and Blackberries
Lilacs have an incredible scent that fills up your home after placing a bouquet in your rooms. What’s beautiful about lilacs is that they’re also edible! The sweet and floral scent and flavor of lilacs provide this simple syrup a beautiful taste, and the addition of muddled blackberries only adds to the complexity of the flavor. The blackberry juices also help to provide this deep purple color that you see pictured above!
Making Blackberry & Lilac Simple Syup
To create a lilac and blackberry simple syrup infusion, wait until the sugar has dissolved and then add your blackberries and lilac flowers. Continue heating for an additional thirty seconds before removing from heat. Allow the simple syrup to infuse for half an hour as the simple syrup cools. Strain simple syrup into a container in order to remove the excess lilac flowers and blackberries and store the syrup in an airtight container inside your fridge.
Head on over to my Simple Syrups to Master blog post if you’d like to take a look at some other simple syrup recipes I’ve loved!
How to use Blackberry & Lilac Simple Syrup
Although it tends to be linked with the process of building a cocktail, there are so many different ways to incorporate simple syrup into your recipes. Here’s a few ideas before we move onto our base recipe and infusions:
- Create Cocktails – For example, my Lilac Gimlet that uses this exact syrup that is pictured below!
- Moisten Cakes – Many bakers brush/pour simple syrup onto the tops of their cakes before adding buttercream in order to retain moisture and add flavor
- Sparkling Water – Add simple syrup to muddled fruit of choice before adding ice and sparkling water
- Various Cold Drinks – Add your liquid sugar and stir into a beverage. This allows you to avoid the granules of sugar that can sit at the bottom of your drink
- Whip Cream – Add syrup before whipping to infuse flavor
- Sorbet Recipes
- Gift for Friends and Family
HELPFUL EQUIPMENT FOR MAKING SIMPLE SYRUP
Blackberry & Lilac Simple Syrup
- Air Tight Container for Storing Syrup
- 1 cup (236 g) water
- 1 cup (200 g) sugar
- 1/2 cup (15 g) Lilac Petals
- 1/4 cup (36 g) Blackberries, muddled
- Pour your measured water and sugar into a saucepan and heat on medium
- Cook, stirring the mixture until your sugar has completely dissolved.
- Add muddled blackberries and lilac and continue heating for 30 seconds before removing from heat. Note that the more muddled your blackberries are, the more color and blackberry flavor you'll be adding to your syrup!
- Allow syrup to infuse for half an hour as the simple syrup cools completely
- Strain syrup into an airtight container and store in the fridge