Soothing Violet Syrup Recipe

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This syrup can be used for a stubborn cough or bronchitis, or simply to flavor and color a cocktail, cake, or confection. For a cough, try 1 teaspoon as needed until symptoms subside.


  • 1 cup purple violets
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup white or organic cane sugar


1. Remove only the purple parts of each flower and drop them into a heat-proof container. I like to use a quart canning jar.

2. Bring distilled water to a boil and pour over petals. Cover container and leave to sit for 24 hours.

3. Strain petals from liquid, which should be bright blue-purple.

4. Add sugar and liquid to pot. Use white sugar to preserve color, or cane sugar if you don’t mind losing it.

5. Heat on low just until sugar dissolves.

6. Bottle syrup, label it, and store in refrigerator for best results.

Learn more about the history of violet cultivation and the pollinators that love them in Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet.

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