What's refreshing and can fill your day with beauty (and hydration)? Lilac flavored water! Did you know that lilacs are edible flowers? If you were to eat a bloom right off the stem, you'd probably find it actually has a sharp, bitter flavor that doesn't taste a whole lot like the lovely scent of lilacs. They're best used to infuse. Water infused with lilacs tastes just like that beautiful lilac scent - how delicious is that?! Yes, you can literally drink up a bouquet of spring flowers. Don't miss out on this amazing flavor experience any longer! Plus, this is water that is so beautiful it can be a centerpiece for your next spring gathering.
Starting my day by adding a sprig of herb or piece of fruit to my water has changed my life. I now drink about 75-100 ounces of filtered, infused water each day. Before starting this habit? 0-16. The rest, canned seltzer water. This feels so much better! I do encourage a good, strong water filter - it makes such a difference in flavor while filtering out things that shouldn't be there.
How to Make Lilac Flavored Water
Start with clean lilacs.
Flowers sold in shops can be loaded with chemicals and pesticides, so try to gather them from a trusted source that lets their produce and flowers grow without harmful chemicals.
Soak your blooms.
By soaking and swishing them briefly in a bowl of water, anything that's settled on the blooms can be released. Then, that water can be reused to water any plants you have outside.
Add the blooms to a pitcher or an individual glass.
I love to add 3-5 stems of lilacs to my largest pitcher so that I can gaze at it and drink from it all day. That way, my family can also enjoy it. If you are going to be out and about or don't have a large pitcher, place one stem in a large glass or reusable water bottle and simply continue to refill it throughout the day. The flavor is amazing and stays subtle throughout the day without getting bitter.
Add some lemon.
I encourage you to try the lilac water with only lilacs first so that you experience that lilac flavor fully. Then, try adding a wedge or two of lemon, depending on the size of your vessel. Lemon and lilac are lovely together!
- a large pitcher or glass
- 1 lilac stem for one large glass or water bottle
- 1 lemon slice or wedge for one large glass or water bottle
For a pitcher
- 3 lilac stems up to 6
- 2-3 lemon slices or wedges
- Place your lilac stem(s) in a bowl of water and swish it around to remove any debris.
- Shake off each stem, pat it onto a kitchen towel, then place the stem in a glass or pitcher. For more flavor, give each stem a squeeze before placing it in the vessel.
- Fill the glass or pitcher and keep the flowers in to enjoy throughout the day.