Strain the violets from the sugar solution, pour the liquid into a bottle or jar, cover, and refrigerate. This should last in the refrigerator for a few months. The violet color is sensitive to pH, so it will change depending on what you combine it with.”
We tried the syrup with neat gin to start with – which produced a lovely violet blue drink. We then added a little Schweppes tonic water and a good squeeze of lemon juice which turned the colour a dusky pink.
As Ellen had said – acid is the key to controlling the colour so to really test it we added a big splash of vinegar (ie acid) and the liquid immediately turned a violent pink . Sothat worked … but we wer not going to drink it though….!
The second serve experiment was to make a delicious B&T. Over heaps of ice we added equal parts of The Botanist to our violet syrup. No lemon this time but being a diabetic friendly house we tried a slimline tonic…WOW. The B&T was a vibrant, electric pink colour; beautiful… and delicious. Cheers!