This lavender simple syrup adds a fragrant twist to Italian sodas, coffees, teas, and so much more. With three simple ingredients, you’ll have a liquid sweetener with floral notes ready to elevate a number of recipes.
While simple syrup is an easy addition to drinks, this delicious elixir doesn’t stop there. Imagine drizzling between cake layers, topping on ice cream, or adding to yogurt for just an extra touch of flavor.
Making this lavender syrup recipe is as easy as the summer breeze. With water, sugar, and some lavender buds, you’ll have a jar of liquid gold ready to transform your drinks and culinary creations.
If you’ve never had lavender syrup or lavender flavored food, you’re in for a real treat. Because, this syrup is not just a sweetener, it’s a fragrant adventure with fresh lavender blossoms that takes your drinks to a whole new level of refreshing and your desserts to a whole new level of sweet.
Although there are so many different ways to use homemade syrups, one of my favorite ways is in mocktails or for this one, in our lavender lemonade. Soft cocktails complete any gathering and are such an easy way to elevate a simple dinner.
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Why you’ll love this lavender sweetener
- It’s so easy to make with only three ingredients.
- You can easily add it to your morning tea, coffee, or steamer for a fresh floral drink.
- It tastes so good drizzled on pancakes, ice cream, cake, and more.
- You can store it in the fridge for up to one month.
- With an authentic, homemade flavor, you’ll never want to buy store bought syrup again.
- Similar to our strawberry simple syrup, blackberry simple syrup, orange simple syrup, blueberry simple syrup, rosemary simple syrup and rose simple syrup, it is the EASIEST recipe!
- Water – A 1 to 1 ratio of water to sugar is standard for syrup recipes.
- Sugar – Plain, white sugar works perfectly. You can also use coconut sugar.
- Lavender buds – Organic, dried, culinary lavender buds work best. Make sure that the lavender flowers are edible.
How to make lavender simple syrup
Step 1: The base
Add equal parts water and sugar to a small saucepan, whisk until the sugar dissolves, then add the lavender buds.
Step 2: Boil
On medium-high heat, bring to a boil, whisk occasionally, then remove from heat. Let steep for 45 minutes.
Step 3: Strain
Pour syrup through a mesh strainer into a glass bottle.
Pro tip: When simmering the lavender buds, it’s important to not over boil. Too much heat can lead to bitterness. To avoid this, remove from heat as soon as it reaches a boil.
What can I use lavender simple syrup for?
As I mentioned, the versatility of lavender syrup has no limits. Whether you’re crafting a subtly fragrant steamer or an irresistible lavender lemonade, this sweetener never fails to take your drink to the next level. A lavender latte, iced tea, virgin lavender martini, or homemade lavender soda are just a few options.
But it doesn’t stop with drinks, here are a few of my favorite recipes you can drizzle lavender syrup on…
- These gluten-free pancakes are delicious on their own, but taste even better with a hint of homemade lavender syrup.
- If you’re a fan of overnight oats, you should try adding lavender to your next batch of bircher muesli.
- A hint of lavender on top of this creamy gluten-free cheesecake would make the perfect summer dessert.
How long does lavender syrup last?
Storing – You can keep this floral simple syrup for 1-2 weeks at room temperature. It will last longer if kept an airtight container, glass bottle, or glass bottle. Once it starts getting cloudy, discolored, or moldy, it’s no longer good.
Refrigerating – If you can keep your homemade simple syrup in the fridge, it will last about one month. But again, once it starts to get cloudy or discolored, it’s time to make a new batch.
More recipes you’ll love
- This raspberry simple syrup is a key ingredient in this refreshing raspberry mocktail which is one of my favorite drinks.
- If you’re looking for a dessert recipe, try this peach simple syrup drizzled over old fashioned peaches and cream.
- There’s nothing better than a spicy virgin margarita with jalapeno simple syrup.
- This brown sugar simple syrup has hints of warm, caramel flavors making it a great substitute for maple syrup or raw honey.
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Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried food grade lavender buds
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a pan and whisk well
- Add 1 tsp dried, edible lavender buds
- Bring to a boil whisking occasionally then remove from heat and let steep for 45 minutes
- Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a glass bottle
*Originally published 2020, updated September 2023 with better pictures and more helpful information.