Soothing Violet Syrup Recipe

Violet syrup is as beautiful as it is practical—use white sugar to keep the cough-soothing violet-infused syrup pale purple.

| Spring 2019

Photo by Adobe Stock/Hetizia.

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.

4/19/2019 4:38:30 AM

How long is this good for and should it be refrigerated?



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