May is lilac season in Minnesota, and this is a very easy (and delicious) introduction to foraging. My sister and brother-in-law were in town a few years ago and we invented this cocktail. Given the season, it is the perfect cocktail to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Start by making lilac simple syrup. Simply heat 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and a few bunches of lilac over low heat until warm. Strain out the lilac and refrigerate.
3/4 oz lilac simple syrup
2 oz gin
1 oz Lillet Blanc or Lillet Rose
4-5 drops of bitterbliss raspberry lavender bitters (or a similar bitters, such as rhubarb)
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir 20+ times to ensure proper blending. strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lilac leaves. Enjoy with someone you love.