Cocktails made with infused spirits or syrups add a complexity and depth that you can taste: an extra hint of cinnamon, a floral undertone, a prick of heat, a fresh hint of mint. Best of all, these infusions are simple to create. They just take a little time and some forethought. Here’s one to try:

Lilac Syrup Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup coconut sugar
2 cups culinary-grade lilac blossoms
Handful of blueberries or blackberries
1 tablespoon orange flower water
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine the water and coconut sugar and in a medium-size saucepan and stir over low heat until it boils. Add the lilac blossoms and berries and bring back to a boil. Add the orange flower water and lemon juice. Strain the liquid into a wide-mouth container while hot and funnel into a sealable bottle. Cover, and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Use in the Boozy Blueberry Lilac Granita.

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