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Grape Hyacinth Lemonade

grape hyacinth lemonade

Where we live right now is not my idea of a homestead.

We’re in the suburbs, next to a major highway on 1/3 of an acre of compacted clay.

We’ve had to truck in top soil to even grow grass.

But one of the beautiful things about our current home is the carpet of weeds that great us every Spring.

wild lawn
wild lawn

The carpet of purple dead nettle, henbit and grape hyacinth are a welcome, refreshing sight after a long, cold Winter.

They’re also a tasty buffet for hungry bees and other pollinators, so we try to wait as long as possible before mowing.

What is Grape Hyacinth?

Grape hyacinth aka “Muscari armeniacum” is a hotly debated weed in the gardening forums (if you cant believe that!).

Some garden enthusiasts love it’s cheery color, it’s easy reproduction and how, as a weed, it usually dies off before it can choke out more desirable plants.

In fact, it’s one of the only weeds I can think of that you can actually buy the bulbs and that nurseries grow to sell.

If you’re growing a flower garden for pollinators, I recommend buying yourself a set of grape hyacinth bulbs.

Grape Hyacinths look like miniature versions of regular hyacinths, with a single stalk and with a cluster of purple bell-shaped flowers.

You can find them in zones 3-8 although they do better in cooler climates. Not sure which zone you’re in? Check out my post on reading your USDA planting zone.

You’ll only need a small batch, as they…pardon the pun…grow like weeds.

Harvesting these happy little flowers is a great project for little hands.

When you grasp the stalk lightly below the flowers, and gently pull upwards, they sort of pop into your hands and try to jump away.

grape hyacinth
grape hyacinth

The first nice day we had this year, Baby Jack (who is not so much of a baby anymore!) went out and collected grape hyacinth flowers.

You should try to harvest them in the early morning so that they retain more of their unique flavor and scent.

harvesting grape hyacinth
harvesting grape hyacinth
little helping hands
little helping hands

I have seen recipes for wild violet lemonade but couldn’t find anything online for a new way to use grape hyacinth.

The bulbs can make you sick, but I still couldn’t find any recipes to use the delicious, grape-y smelling flowers.

Instead, I followed a violet lemonade recipe, but used these instead with awesome results!

If you’re lucky enough to have them growing as a weed, or have planted them yourself, harvest a batch – a cup or two – while leaving plenty for the bees. 

Don’t fret too much about any stem parts or grass getting mixed into your flowers, you’ll strain out all the plant material.

harvesting grape hyacinth
harvesting grape hyacinth
steeping grape hyacinth
steeping grape hyacinth

Pour them into a mason jar or other glass container and cover with boiling water.

Let sit for an hour or two to infuse the water with the essence of the flowers.

Then strain the flowers from the water.

The resulting water is a deep purple/dark blue and just gorgeous.

grape hyacinth extract
grape hyacinth extract

Mix the extract with equal parts of sugar and warm over a stove top to create a grape hyacinth simple syrup.

This could be added to teas or sherbets or added to iced tea instead of lemonade.

The flavor is distinct and unique.

The grape hyacinth lends a floral, earthy flavor with a hint of grape flavoring.

To make the lemonade however:

Grape Hyacinth Lemonade Recipe

Grape Hyacinth Lemonade

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 cups grape hyacinth flowers
  • 3 1/2 cups water (separated into 2 and 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice


  1. To make the grape hyacinth simple syrup, add 2 cups grape hyacinth flowers into a mason jar and cover with 2 cups hot water.
  2. Let infuse for at least one hour.
  3. To make the lemonade, combine 2/3 cup simple syrup, 1 1/2 cups water and 2 Tbsp lemon juice.
  4. Enjoy!

A note on this recipe: this is only a starting point.

It makes a very strong, very sweet lemonade, but you can always add more water or more lemon juice to match your family’s preferences.

In my house, we usually fill a glass with 3/4 water, and then add a splash of lemonade.

In that case, this recipe works great.

If your family drinks straight lemonade, you can doctor the recipe as you see fit.

I figure you can always add water or lemon juice, but you can’t take it away!

grape hyacinth lemonade
grape hyacinth lemonade

The lemon juice mixing with the grape hyacinth syrup makes this gorgeous neon pink color, without the gross fake chemicals.

It’s the perfect drink to herald in the new Spring!

Does grape hyacinth grow wild where you are?

grape hyacinth lemonade


Tuesday 12th of April 2022

This is so cool! We are trying this this week. There are loads of grape hyacinths where we are- semi rural Utah. My girls are so excited! 😊

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