This is a delicious probiotic drink that is easy to make and only takes a few days to ferment. If you don't want to make a ginger bug and ferment the soda, there is an option to just make a simple syrup and mix with sparkling water.
You will need:
7 c. spring or filtered water
1 c. natural sugar (such as Morena) - you can use coconut sugar but it will turn your soda a brownish color and you won't get that beautiful lilac color
4 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
1 c. ginger bug (optional - if making ferment)
2 c. lilac flowers
First you'll need to harvest about 2 cups worth of lilac flowers. Remove the flowers from the stems. Sterilize a 1/2 gallon Mason jar. In a saucepan, simmer the sugar and the water until the sugar is dissolved. Add the blueberries and let simmer about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the lilac flowers. Let this mixture steep for about 1 hour or until cool. I like to let mine steep for at least 8 hours, as the flavor intensifies with time. Strain and pour into your sterilized jar. If you are using the ginger bug, add it now. Cover and set aside for about 3 or 4 days, depending on the weather. In warmer weather it will ferment faster. Make sure to remove the cover daily and "burp" the jar - allowing the air to escape, if you are fermenting. After a few days, your soda should be nice and effervescent (bubbly). You can know put it into pretty bottles and place it in your refrigerator. It will keep for about 3 months.
THE SIMPLE SODA If you are looking for an easier way to enjoy Lilac Soda, here is a recipe for you.
You will need:
2 c. water
2 - 4 c. lilac flowers
In a small saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the water over medium heat. Add the lilac flowers and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let infuse for 2 to 8 hours, depending on how strong of a lilac flower you desire. Strain the mixture, bottle it and store it in the refrigerator. To make a sparkling soda, simply pour a glass half full of the syrup and half full of sparkling water. Enjoy!