Lavender Simple Syrup

Lavender simple syrup with sprig of lavender

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups or 24 servings

Lavender syrup is a brilliant way to add the herb's floral flavor to a variety of beverages. It's easy and inexpensive to make at home and fills your kitchen with a garden-fresh fragrance. Use it to add an aromatic sweetness to cocktails like the lavender martini, to sweeten your tea or lemonade, or simply top it with seltzer for a homemade lavender soda.

This recipe is as easy as any other simple syrup. You'll just heat water, lavender buds, and sugar in a saucepan, let it simmer, then steep until cool. Once bottled, it stores in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks, and this recipe can be used to make other herbal syrups as well.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Bring the water and lavender to a boil.

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  3. Reduce the heat and stir in the sugar until fully dissolved.

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  4. Simmer for about 15 minutes.

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  5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool and steep for at least 1 hour.

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  6. Strain out the lavender.

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  7. Pour into a bottle and keep in the refrigerator. It will store well for about 2 weeks.

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  8. Mix the syrup into your favorite drinks and enjoy!

Tips

  • The recipe makes a very sweet syrup and will yield just over 1 cup. If you would like to make more, simply double or triple all of the ingredients.
  • When choosing lavender, use buds that have not opened and flowered. For the best aromatic qualities, select buds that are fully purple but still tightly wrapped.
  • You can also use dried lavender, which can be found at most natural food grocers.

Recipe Variations

  • Use other types of sugar, such as palm or raw sugar, if you prefer.
  • Add rosemary to this syrup. The two herbs are perfect companions and the combination can be used in any drink that calls for one or the other.
  • Honey can be used as a portion of the sweetener to make lavender honey syrup. It adds a darker background for the bright florals and is perfect for mixing into drinks with whiskey, rum, and other dark spirits. To make the syrup, use 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup honey in the recipe.
  • Another approach to lavender honey is used in the daiquir-ease cocktail: Brew a cup of lavender tea and mix that with 1 cup of honey. This method works with unflavored simple syrup, too.
  • Switch from lavender to any other herb, or combination of herbs. Basil, chamomile, elderflower, lemongrass, and mint make great syrups to use in drinks. Syrups are a fantastic way to preserve cut herbs that are beginning to lose their freshness.