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Violet Syrup

This recipe is not our creation, it was posted online at the Soapdish Forum, and the lady that posted it wasn't sure where she had originally found it either. :) It sure is amazing though!

4c Violets
2c Boiling water

6c Sugar
1 Lemon; juice of, strained
2c Water

The violets you want are the wild violets that grow in many parts of the world - there are many varieties, hopefully some are accessible to you. Please choose violets that have NOT been sprayed.

Place violet petal in a deep bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Weigh down with a heavy dish to keep them submerged. Place the bowl in a draft-free place at room temperature for 24 hours. Strain violet infusion into a non-reactive bowl or pot, squeezing out juice from the violets; discard the violets.

Place sugar, lemon juice and water in a saucepan and boil into a very thick syrup, near the candy stage. Add violet infusion and bring to a rolling boil. Boil 10 minutes or until thickened. Pour into sterile bottles.

Allow to cool, then seal and refrigerate. Serve with club soda.

VARIATION: Substitute 4 cups fragrant rose petals and add 1 cinnamon stick per bottle of syrup.

violet syrup

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