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How to Make Osmanthus Sugar Syrup (糖桂花)

How to Make Osmanthus Sugar Syrup (糖桂花)
March 22, 2016 2 comments

In the world of flowers, osmanthus means love and romance and is known as a wedding flower in Taiwan. The intense buttery scent is fascinating and the flower has earned a position in China’s 10 national flowers rank. In this article, we’re going to show you step by step how to make an osmanthus sugar (糖桂花), also known as osmanthus syrup. Before we dive into the ingredients and the procedures, let’s first discuss why you should make it yourself.

Why Make Osmanthus Sugar?

Well first of all, making a syrup out of these flowers will increase the storability of both fresh and dried osmanthus. Besides this, osmanthus sugar has two additional uses:

  1. You can make a sweet tea from the syrup by simply dissolving it in hot water. Optionally, you can add ice cubes afterwards to create an ice tea, ideal for hot summers.
  2. You can use it to sweeten desserts instead of using normal sugar.


Here's a list of ingredients you need to make 200 grams of osmanthus syrup:


  • Go for white sugar as it's the most neutral in taste and color compared to for instance cane and brown sugar.
  • Honey is optional. There are also recipes out there that don't include honey. Feel free to experiment with and without it yourself.

Tools required: In addition, you’ll need a jar with lid for storage. The size of the jar will depend on how much you want to make.

How To Make Osmanthus Sugar

  1. Soak the osmanthus flowers in cold water for 10 minutes, then strain.
  2. Add one layer of sugar. About 1 cm / 0.4 inch per layer is suitable.
  3. Then add a layer of osmanthus flowers.
  4. Sprinkle some honey on top of the osmanthus.
  5. You repeat the previous steps until you’ve used up all sugar, honey and osmanthus flowers. Try to distribute the ingredients evenly among the different layers and make sure the last layer is sugar.
  6. Press to make the content in the jar more compact.
  7. Now close the jar and store it in normal room temperature for 1 week and you'll find that the content has become more liquid. Now stir and your osmanthus sugar is ready!

Further storage

Store your osmanthus sugar in the fridge and you’ll be able to enjoy it for many years to come!

May January 14, 2020 at 4:35 AM
My sugar doesn’t melt at all after 2 weeks.. probably due to cold weather. I soak the whole bottle in hot water. Do u think this is possile? Will the sugar spoil?
Teasenz January 15, 2020 at 11:48 PM
It's better to soak the flowers first in water for 10 minutes so that they obtain some moist. We've updated the recipe above.