I set out right away to get the ingredients I needed for the recipe that I had found here: Lost Past Remembered-Summer begins with lilac jelly and croissants in a little corner of heaven.. Before I could even begin I had to remove the blossoms from their stems which was somewhat tedious work, but kind of fun as well if that makes any sense. Then I set out to actually making the jelly. I used just plain water with mine since I was very curious as to how the lilac would taste itself and didn't want its flavor to be hidden by the juice or wine as the recipe suggests. I failed to read the part about using additional pectin to get a thicker jelly-like consistency so I ended up with a syrup instead. It came out in a beautiful pinkish color and the taste was incredible so I wasn't in the least bit disappointed! Instead I started dreaming up ways to use the syrup. We tried it on pancakes, over ice cream, as a dressing for fruit salad, and my absolute favorite: lilac iced tea.
To make this wonderful beverage I brewed a pitcher of iced tea using 3 early grey tea bags and let it cool. Then I filled a glass with ice, put in about 2-3 squirts of the lilac syrup, added a lemon slice, and poured the early grey tea over top. Not only was it incredibly refreshing and yummy, but pretty too!
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