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Closeup of wild violet syrup in a small glass bottle.

Wild Violet Syrup and Lemonade

  • Author: Kaity Farrell
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A spring time delight! Turn beautiful purple edible violets into a syrup and then watch it magically turn pink when mixed with lemon juice for the best lemonade of your life!!!



Violet Syrup

  • 2 cups loosely packed edible violets
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar

Violet Pink Lemonade

  • 2 tablespoons violet syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 cup water or sparkling water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • violet ice cubes
  • lemon slice, fresh mint, violets for garnish


To make syrup:

  1. In the evening fill a jar with the fresh-picked violet flowers. Pour boiling water over violets and cover the jar. Steep overnight for best results.
  2. Strain violet infusion into a small saucepan. Add the sugar and allow the mixture to come to a low boil then reduce heat to a rolling simmer. Simmer to a runny syrup consistency, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. It should start to lightly coat the back of a wooden spoon or sides of the pan when swirled. The syrup will continue to thicken as it cools.
  3. Meanwhile, sterilize a small heat-proof glass bottle or jar and lid by filling it with boiling water.
  4. Pour hot syrup straight into the sterilized bottle and seal. Store syrup in a cool dark cabinet or refrigerate.

To make lemonade:

  1. Stir 2 tablespoons of violet syrup (or to taste) per 1 cup of water in a drinking glass. Wait to add lemon juice if you want to create a magic color change.
  2. Add ice cubes. Then pour in lemon 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and stir. Watch the color change to pink!! Kids love this!


The violet syrup should keep for about 6 months.

To make violet ice-cubes, add violet flowers to an ice cube tray and then fill with water. Freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

Always use caution when foraging for wild edible plants. Make sure to identify the plant correctly by referencing guidebooks and asking an experienced forager to confirm a plant's identity.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: violet syrup recipe, violet lemonade, wild violet syrup