This sweet lavender syrup, also called lavender simple syrup, is perfect for adding a floral touch to any drink. Create lavender flavored lattes, cocktails, teas, sodas or lemonades just by mixing a spoonful into your drink. Simple and easy to make with only three ingredients: fresh lavender, sugar and water.
If you are looking to create any kind of flavored drink or cocktail, flavored simple syrups are an essential ingredient. You can easily make almost any flavor at home instead of having to buy them in the store, such as this strawberry simple syrup, blueberry simple syrup, or this thyme simple syrup.
Why this is the best lavender simple syrup recipe:
- It’s easy to make. There is no need to buy fancy syrup from the store when this homemade lavender syrup is just as good, if not better. It takes 20 minutes to make —just heat lavender, sugar and water up on the stove together, and let it simmer to infuse the lavender flavor. That’s it!
- It’s a great way to use up lavender. Lavender plants tend to grow in abundance, spreading very quickly. This means you probably have a lot of lavender so why not use some of it to make a large batch of syrup?
- You can use it to create a ton of unique drinks. Drinks with lavender syrup can be so tasty and unique. Lavender is a really creative flavor to experiment with in all kinds of drink recipes. Dissolve 1 - 2 teaspoons in your drink creations to add a light, sweet dash of lavender. Try pairing it with honey, lemon, blueberries or almond flavors.
Lavender Syrup Uses:
- Lattes & Coffee: You can use this lavender syrup for coffee, or to create your own latte. Mix a spoonful with coffee or espresso, add in cream or milk and any additional sweeteners.
- Tea: Instead of using sugar in your tea, use this syrup to add both sweetness and flavor.
- Lemonade: Lemons and lavender make a truly delicious combination. Iced lavender lemonade is a super refreshing summer drink. If you are making your own lemonade, add 2-3 teaspoons per cup of lemonade and taste before adding additional sugar. This syrup acts as both a sweetener and flavoring.
- Cocktails: This is the perfect lavender cocktail syrup for creating your own cocktail recipes. You can also take your favorite tried and true cocktail recipes and replace the plain simple syrup with this lavender one. Choose cocktails with flavors that pair well with lavender - such as any fruity, floral or herby cocktail.
How to make lavender syrup:
Heat the lavender, sugar and water on a saucepan over medium to high heat. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes, letting the lavender flavor infuse. Remove the syrup from the heat and strain it through a fine mesh strainer. Let it cool before using it in your drinks.
Yes — It is a simple syrup recipe, meaning that it is meant to be sweet. It is used to add both lavender flavor as well as sweetness to drink recipes. It is a very concentrated syrup so you only need to use a small amount in each drink.
Simple syrup can go bad, especially if left out at room temperature. Make sure to refrigerate or freeze any leftovers.
Yes. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to several weeks.
Yes. An easy way to freeze syrup is to freeze it in an ice cube tray so you can easily thaw small portions at a time.
This syrup will last in the fridge for up to several weeks and in the freezer for several months. If your syrup looks or smells off, do not use it and discard it.
- Let it simmer. Make sure you continue to gently simmer the syrup for the full amount of time. This lets the lavender fully infuse.
- Don’t let it boil. You want a very gentle simmer, but not a boil. If you boil the syrup, the water will evaporate too quickly, making the syrup too concentrated and more likely to crystallize.
- Press out the juices. As the lavender is cooking, gently press on the flowers with the back of a wooden spoon to encourage the juices to come out. I find this helps make the syrup more flavorful.
- If your syrup crystallizes: It’s possible your syrup may slightly crystallize at the top, or end up too thick. This can happen with lavender syrup if it was heated at too high a temperature. However, it doesn’t mean your syrup is ruined. Reheat the syrup on very low heat on a pan. Add in a very small amount of water at a time (¼ to ½ tsp), mixing until combined. This should thin out the syrup slightly.