Lavender Simple Syrup
Making Lavender Simple Syrup is one of the loveliest aromatic experiences you can have in your kitchen! This easy recipe calls for just three ingredients – culinary lavender, sugar, and water. Make this floral simple syrup today and enjoy it in a plethora of different drinks!
Lavender Simple Syrup
I know this may sound childish, but I feel like a fairy every time I both make and enjoy lavender simple syrup! Everything about it is just so whimsical and fun. When making lavender simple syrup, your kitchen (and probably the rest of your house, since the smell permeates) is going to smell better than any candle could ever make it smell. The natural aroma of the lavender mixed with the warm sugar is truly, for lack of a better word, magical!
Once you have the floral syrup at room temperature in a jar, that’s when the fun really begins. There are SO many ways to use lavender simple syrup! I like adding a splash of it to various teas, a cold glass of lemonade, and even sparkling water. For a more grown up drink, you can add lavender to a cocktail like Lemonade Gin Mojito or my favorite Sparkling Lavender Orange Mimosa. Adding lavender flavor to any drink, alcoholic or not, is a great way to enhance it with natural floral sweetness.
Just be careful when choosing the lavender to use in this recipe! It’s important to only use culinary lavender when making this simple syrup, not the stuff that you’ll find in your backyard garden. Culinary lavender goes through a specific process before it’s sold that makes it cleaner and safe to enjoy. That way, you don’t have to worry about stems or anything else polluting your simple syrup! So as much fun as it would be to pick your own lavender for this easy recipe, it’s definitely best to just use culinary lavender.
How to Make It
This simple syrup is incredibly easy to make, and it stays fresh for up to 2 months. You’re going to love being able to reach for it whenever you want it!
Stir. Stir the culinary lavender, sugar, and water together in a saucepan over medium heat.
Boil. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved.
Steep. Turn the heat off and steep for 20 minutes.
Strain. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and transfer the syrup to an airtight container.
Store. Store the simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Can this recipe be used to make other simple syrups?
Yes! When it comes to simple syrup recipes, these step by step instructions simplifies it in a way that they can be used for any other herb or flower. Roses, violets, and hibiscus simple syrups can all be used in place of lavender in this recipe. It can be a lot of fun to experiment with the different flowers to find out which floral simple syrup is your favorite – and yes, they ALL are wonderful aromatic experiences that will transform your kitchen into a fairytale cottage!
If you want something more fruity, try this Apple Cider Syrup!
Why is the lavender simple syrup brown?
I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you’ve ever bought a pretty, vibrant bottle of simple syrup that has a purple hue… that was achieved with the help of food coloring! If you want to also have a purple syrup, add a few drops of both red and blue food coloring to the mix. Be careful not to add too much, though, as the food coloring can quickly turn the mixture black if added too liberally.
Can anything else be added to this simple syrup recipe?
While I enjoy the simplicity of lavender, sugar, and water, there are other ingredients that can be added to this recipe if you want to get a little creative! A sprig of rosemary really compliments the lavender taste and is my personal favorite addition to toss in there. However, you could also add dried rose leaves to enhance the floral flavor even more.
If you love lavender as much as I do, then you definitely need to check out these other recipes!
Get the Recipe: Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1/4 cup culinary lavender
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Stir the lavender, sugar and water together in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved.
- Turn the heat off and steep for 20 minutes.
- Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and transfer the syrup to an airtight container.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.