Lavender Simple Syrup is a great way to add sweetness to your drinks while bringing in bright, floral notes. The name itself says how easy this lavender syrup recipe is to make. All you need is lavender flowers, sweetener and water to make an herb-infused syrup that can transform your cocktails, or add elegance to classic beverages like coffee, tea or lemonade.
This homemade lavender has a dark purple color, and will add amazing flare to your drinks. Lavender is a great ingredient to enjoy in the summer, or just on days that could use some extra brightness. This syrup can be ready in about an hour, but most of that is steeping time. It can be stored in your fridge for up to 2 weeks to add a new life to some of your favorite drinks and dishes.
Lavender syrup can easily be swapped in anywhere you might add sugar or drizzle a syrup. The sweetness in this recipe takes away the perfumy taste you can sometimes get with flowers, leaving a fresh, herby flavor that will elevate anything it’s added to. Poured into a nice bottle, it also makes a great gift.
Lavender Syrup Ingredients
- Dried Lavender Flowers: This recipe works best with dried lavender buds as they have a stronger flavor than fresh flowers. If you have access to fresh lavender, it can definitely be used but be cautious to cut off all the stems and only use the buds. The flavor will also be a little more subtle.
- Water: You’ll need water to boil down the lavender and sweetener to create a nice, consistent syrup.
- Sweetener: Classic sugar is the best option for a strong lavender syrup, or use honey for an added layer of flavor. Check down below for other sweet substitutes.
How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup
1. Add dried lavender flowers and water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir.
2. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Add in sugar and stir until dissolved.
4. Turn off the heat and let it steep for 1 hour.
5. Strain out the lavender using a fine strainer.
6. Pour the mixture into a container. Serve and enjoy!
How to Choose the Sweetener?
You have a few options when it comes to sweetening your Lavender Simple Syrup. You can’t go wrong with a classic white granulated sugar that will add no additional taste to your syrup. You can definitely swap it out with Stevia for a low-calorie option, though it is much sweeter than sugar, so you may wish to add less in this recipe.
Darker sugars, like brown sugar will add a more maple-y taste to your syrup. This could be ideal for darker drinks like coffee or cocktails containing amber alcohols. Coconut sugar will add coconut flavors.
Honey is also a great sweetener for this recipe, as it complements lavender especially well. It does have a stronger flavor than other sugar options, so if you do not want the taste of honey in your syrup, it’s probably best to go with another sugar.
What Does Lavender Syrup Taste Like?
This lavender simple syrup beautifully combines the floral taste of lavender with the sweetness of the classic simple syrup. Lavender actually comes from the mint plant family, so it has the faintest hint of minty flavor, and also citrus notes and some earthiness. The sweetness in the recipe helps tone down the strong floral flavors and you’re left with a beautiful, and tasty syrup.
How Long Does Homemade Lavender Simple Syrup Last?
This homemade lavender syrup can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge if stored in an airtight container.
How to Make Lavender Coffee
One of the best things about this lavender simple syrup is that it can be added to your coffee the exact same way you would add any other sweetener. For an amazing summery spin, try an Iced Lavender Latte. Add ice to a cup, then pour in the desired amount of lavender syrup. Add a shot of espresso, then top with milk and stir!
Ways to Use Lavender Syrup
Lavender Simple Syrup can be used in so many different ways. Add it to cocktails, coffee or tea or try a lavender lemonade or a lavender Italian soda (just mix with carbonated water). Simple syrup can also be poured on uniced cakes to add moistness…try adding this to a vanilla or lemon cake to give it an extra hint of flavor. Drizzle on waffles, pancakes, or ice cream.
How to Make Flavored Lavender?
You can also try adding other ingredients to your syrup to complement the lavender, though I wouldn’t recommend adding more than two flavors total. Rosemary is an excellent pairing for lavender, as is citrus zest. Just make sure that for this recipe, the total amount of herbs you add equals to one cup.
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Lavender Syrup Recipe
- 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers (use more lavender flowers if you'd prefer a stronger lavender taste, and use less if you want a subtle flavor.)
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup sugar (or honey)
- In a medium saucepan or pot, add dried lavender flowers and water. Bring to a boil and stir.
- Reduce heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add in honey and stir until dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and let it steep for 1 hour.
- Strain out the lavender using a fine strainer.
- Pour the mixture into a container. Once it’s completely cool, cover with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
- You can add butterfly flowers for purple coloring.