Looking to spruce up your cocktails or your coffee? Look no further than this homemade lavender simple syrup filled with flavor for a delicious addition to any drink. It assembles quickly and hard, so you don’t have to buy store-bought simple lavender syrup anymore!
I love lavender. Lavender is quite a popular scent, but my love for lavender goes beyond potpourri. I could eat or drink lavender every day. I know not everyone likes the taste of lavender but for me it is the ultimate flavor! C knows it and luckily I let myself go too often because I dragged him to lavender farms and dried bushels of lavender in our garage.
I have collected culinary lavender from all over the world, but two of my favorite lavender farms are Los Poblanos in New Mexico and Wanaka Lavender Farm in New Zealand. Enjoying the scent of flowers, trying all the flavors of different lavender recipes, and buying way too much lavender honey is kind of my jam.
You could tell I was on Cloud 9 when I found out that the house we were living in last year had an entire row of growing lavender. My only regret is not to pick and dry more! Luckily I still have some broth and it’s a perfect use for this simple lavender syrup and in my favorite lavender coffee and cocktail recipes. Buckle Up Cause I Have A Lavender Flavor Bomb Coming!
What is simple syrup?
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but if you’ve never heard of simple syrup, the name says it all: it’s a very simple sweet syrup. Traditionally, simple syrup is used in cocktails, but you can add it to so many other things as well. I am personally a fan of adding it to my lattes and have included a lavender coffee recipe below. Making simple syrup is, you guessed it, very simple. However, I’m breaking down all the steps below just to make it easier for you.
What you need to make a simple lavender syrup
To make simple syrup, the recipe is very simple: it’s just a water / sweetener ratio of 1: 1. In this case, we are using 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of raw honey. You can also swap any other type of sugar. You will also add your dried lavender to infuse in the simple syrup. Here is what you need:
- The water
- Raw honey [or other sweetener]
- Dried Lavender
How to make simple lavender syrup
STEP 1: In a small saucepan, combine the water, honey and lavender buds and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature (about 1 hour) to infuse the flavors.
2ND STEP: Filter the lavender from the syrup using a small colander or cheesecloth.
STEP 3: Store simple lavender syrup in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
How to use lavender simple syrup
This simple lavender syrup is ideal in any recipe where you want to add a sweet lavender flavor! It is especially good in coffee or cocktails, but is also a great addition to lemonade, smoothies and even your morning oatmeal! Here are two of my favorite ways to use this simple lavender syrup.
Lavender latte coffee recipe
For the lavender latte, you will combine 1 to 2 shots of espresso with 1 tablespoon of simple lavender syrup. Top with a cup of steamed milk (regular, almond or oatmeal works great). For a touch of lavender on regular coffee, you can brew your coffee any way you like and mix 1 tbsp of simple lavender syrup + milk, if you like.
Lavender cocktail recipe
You can replace any cocktail recipe that uses simple syrup with this simple lavender syrup. Here are two variations you might like:
Lavender Martini: Combine 1 ounce of vodka, 1/2 ounce of lemon juice and 1/2 ounce of simple lavender syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Lavender Margarita: Mix 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, 1 ounce of lime juice, 1/2 ounce of simple lavender syrup and pour over ice.
Lavender Tom Collins: Combine 1 ounce of gin, 1/2 ounce of lemon juice, 1/2 ounce of simple lavender syrup and 2 ounces of sparkling water in a cocktail shaker with ice.
A few tips*
Where do you get dried lavender?
If you are able to grow and dry your own lavender, that’s always a plus, but if not, it’s pretty easy to find online or at most health food stores. Here are some links to dried lavender that you can buy online: Mountain rose herbs, Los Poblanos, Amazon.
Remember – be sure to buy culinary lavender as non-culinary lavender is often sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals.
Can you use different sugars?
You can use any other wet or dry sweetener in place of honey. I prefer to use raw honey because it’s unrefined, but white sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, agave, or coconut sugar will do. Simply replace with the same 1: 1 water / sugar ratio.
Can you swap different herbs?
Yes! I made this with chamomile, but you can also add rosemary or any other dried herb.
Can you double or triple this recipe?
Yes. You can easily double or triple this simple lavender syrup recipe. Stick to the base water / sugar ratio of 1: 1 and adjust your lavender or other herbs to your preference.
How to store your simple lavender syrup
Store your lavender simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 month in a sealed jar. You can also freeze it and it will keep for several months. It may not freeze entirely due to the sugar / water ratio. You will need to take it out of the freezer about an hour before using it.
Why isn’t my lavender syrup purple?
I know – wouldn’t it be fun if that simple lavender syrup turned purple? Unfortunately, unless you use food coloring, it just won’t have that purple hue. What you will get is a nice amber tint of the sugars in honey (or some other sweetener). The flavor will be just as good.
Simple lavender syrup
Looking to spruce up your cocktails or your coffee? Look no further than this flavorful, homemade, simple lavender syrup for a delicious addition to any drink. It assembles quickly and hard, so you no longer need to buy store-bought simple lavender syrup!
- Preparation time: 2 minutes
- Cooking time: 15 minutes
- Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield: 8 portions 1X
- Category: Drinks
- Method: cook
- Diet: Gluten free
- 1/2 cup the water
- 1/2 cup raw honey [or equivalent of any other sweetener]
- 1–2 vs. dried lavender buds
* the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, honey and lavender buds and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature (about 1 hour) to infuse the flavors.
- Filter the lavender from the syrup using a small colander or cheesecloth.
- Store simple lavender syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
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