Violets are not only pretty, they are also edible. High in Vitamin C, violets are also thought to impart health benefits including headache and cough relief, as well as better sleep, so why not add some to your diet? Here's my recipe for an easy homemade violet soda.
Homemade Violet Soda
1 Cup fresh picked violets
1 Cup boiling water
1 Cup sugar (you can substitute honey or the sugar substitute of your choice)
Pick about a cup of fresh violet flowers. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over the violets and let sit covered in plastic wrap overnight on the counter. The next morning, strain the liquid into a small saucepan, pressing down with a rubber spatula to release all the liquid, and discard the violets. Add the sugar and bring to a boil, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. When cooled, pour the syrup into a sterilized glass jar and refrigerate.
When your syrup is chilled, spoon 1-2 Tablespoons of syrup into a glass (moisten the rim of the glass and dip it in sugar for a fancy touch) and then fill with club soda, add more syrup to taste if necessary. I decided to freeze a few extra violets into ice cubes for an even fancier presentation.
Far healthier and less expensive than store bought soda, you can control the amount of syrup you use in each glass. I found this syrup recipe made about 8 glasses of soda. It's a fun, fancy warm weather drink.