Friday, May 11, 2018

Wild Violet Simple Syrup

Along with dandelions, there's another fabulous "weed" that takes over many lawns in the spring - wild violets!  We are lucky enough to have a couple good size patches on our property and I'm lucky enough to have the cutest helper to help me forage for them.

      

Ashlyn and I spent about an hour the other day picking wild violets around our yard.  I had a plan with these purple beauties.  My plan?  Violet Simple Syrup!



It's vibrant, sweet, and lovely.  It'll be a great addition to lemonade or vodka....or maybe lemonade vodka? ;)  Although time consuming, it is worth the effort for this sweet, beautiful syrup.

     

You'll want to remove all stems and, the more green you remove, the more purple-y the syrup will be.  But, definitely leave out the stems - it'll cause your syrup to be bitter.

Wild Violet Simple Syrup
Makes approximately 1 cup


    

Ingredients:

1 cup boiling water
3 cups violet heads/petals
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4-1 tsp lemon juice (optional)

Directions:

1.  Place your violet petals into a pint or quart mason jar.  Carefully pour the boiling water over the petals, seal, and allow to steep for 24 hours.

      

2.  After 24 hours, strain your violet water into a small saucepan gently pressing on the petals to extract all of the water.  Add the sugar and heat just until the sugar is melted.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.


3.  If desired, add the lemon juice - a small bit at a time - in order to brighten up the color.  Once desired color is reached, transfer to a bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator.  Add to anything you'd like to give a purple sweetness to!

     

Cheers!
~ Sara :)

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