Let's talk about simple syrup. It's a mixture of sugar and water used in cocktails, desserts, mocktails, etc. It's a great option to preserve flavors from fruits. In addition, this honey lavender simple syrup can be flavored with herbs and spices.
Make your own homemade honey lavender syrup and add it to your fancy coffee shop drinks! I like making simple syrups because it captures the flavor of fruits and herbs lavender, Rosemary, or Earl grey tea leaves. The possibilities are endless.
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is a sweetener that's used in cocktails and other recipes. It combines sugar and water in equal parts and is then heated until the sugar dissolves.
Is dried lavender edible?
You can eat fresh and dried lavender. The lavender flavor can be described as very floral but really adds dimension to drinks and dishes! It works well in sweet and savory dishes—it can be used in baked goods, syrups, cocktails, marinades, and sauces.
This lavender syrup recipe only needs a few simple ingredients.
- Locally grown or culinary lavender: Whether snipping some from your herb garden or at your local farmer's market, lavender has several culinary purposes if you know you can use it. Culinary-grade lavender can be found at specialty stores, but just make sure it's okay to use in the kitchen wherever you get it.
- Honey: I used raw honey in this syrup, but since we are looking to use the flavor of honey only feel free to use what you have on hand! I'd recommend using wildflower honey, as the floral notes will compliment the lavender.
How to make lavender syrup
The first step is deciding the lavender's ratio to sugar and water. I use two cups of sugar for every cup of water, but you can adjust this depending on personal preference.
Add your lavender to a heat-safe container. Bloom your lavender by adding your hot water to the flowers.
Let the dried lavender buds steep overnight before straining the buds with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. You may want to strain several times if you have some stubborn bits left behind by your first go around!
Once strained, combine your liquid with equal parts sugar and honey and allow it to cool completely before transferring it into an airtight container (like a glass jar).
Customize your own simple syrup recipe
- Herbs and Spices: such as rosemary, basil cinnamon, and more
- Plants: including this lemony sour grass syrup
- Fruit: whether it's strawberry syrup made with strawberries fermented in honey or rhubarb syrup. You can use the whole fruit or citrus zest or peels (like lemon or grapefruit)
- Flowers: like in this violet simple syrup
- You'll be surprised to see that the color of the syrup is not purple! Don't be alarmed and feel free to put a drop or two of purple food coloring if you'd like a purple hue.
- I tend to let my lavender buds infuse for as long as possible, sometimes even overnight. Since they are not continuously boiling the chances of the flavor is going better or minimal.
Three quick drinks with homemade lavender syrup
While lavender sometimes gets a bad rap you might be surprised how light and delicate it is! You can use it and drinks baking or more, here are some suggestions to get you started:
Homemade lavender soda
Add 2-3 tablespoons of simple syrup (to taste) in a collins glass filled with ice, then top off with some seltzer. Garnish with fresh lavender blossoms or sprigs of mint if desired! Finally, add about a ¼ teaspoon of vodka or gin for an even more flavorful drink!
Lemonade is one of my go-to summer drinks, and adding lavender syrup instead of sugar or honey adds a lovely floral flavor Mix together equal parts lemon juice and water with ⅓ cup lavender simple syrup to create this refreshing beverage.
Brewed coffee doesn't get much better than this! First, brew some coffee as usual, then add one tablespoon of lavender simple syrup per 8 ounces of hot coffee.
There are lots of ways you can use lavender for coffee, including steaming some of the syrup in your milk or adding it to your morning cold brew. Treat yourself and change up your morning routine!
Once made, start your lavender simple syrup in the fridge, and use it within a couple of weeks. While we do have honey as a preservative, nasty bacteria can come from anywhere and it's best to play it safe! If you happen to see any signs of mold, it's best to toss it! You're a syrup-making pro, and can whip up another batch with no problem.
This easy recipe makes one cup of this simple floral syrup that will last several months if stored properly in your refrigerator (although it won't last long enough!).
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup sugar (white or brown)
- ½ cup honey
- Three tablespoons of dried lavender buds
- First, place your lavender buds in a jar with a tight lid. Next, add the water and allow them to sit overnight (or at least 6 hours).
- Heat water over medium-high heat in a small saucepan
- Add water to your jar of lavender buds and let them infuse for up to 24 hours
- Strain your lavender buds through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth bag,
- In a small saucepan, warm infused water over low heat
- Add sugar and honey and stir until dissolved entirely before bottling it
- Pour into a jar once liquid is at room temperature, and then store in the fridge!
How to use lavender syrup
This delicious is light, floral, and easy to make. It also can be used in many culinary applications, here are some suggestions:
- sweetening iced tea or lemonade
- adding a delicate flavor is hot coffee or tea
- drizzling atop homemade ice cream
- mixing into cocktails like Moscow Mules
- spiking sparkling water for an easy mocktail option
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g