Lavender Simple Syrup combines water, sugar, and dried lavender to make a syrup that’s great in a variety of recipes, from drinks to desserts!
Homemade Lavender Simple Syrup has a sweet, floral taste that you’ll instantly fall in love with! While lavenders relaxing, calming effects make this syrup the perfect addition to your mug of tea, it can also be used in frosting, to create flavored whipped cream, and even as a breakfast topping!
Simple syrups such as this one and Strawberry Simple Syrup bring a delicious splash of flavor that storebought just can’t compete with. Instead, this homemade version will fill your home with a soothing aromatic smell as you prepare to enjoy the final result of a sweet, floral syrup that you’ll want to add to everything!
Recipe Tips For Making Lavender Simple Syrup
- Lavender Safety – Be cautious when making this lavender syrup! While most varieties of lavender are edible, some aren’t fit to be consumed! It’s also important to know where your lavender comes from, as some are sprayed with chemicals and aren’t culinary-grade. Keep in mind that lavender can also be toxic to cats and dogs!
- Cooking – Cook the syrup only until the sugar dissolves and the syrup begins to simmer. Do not allow it to come to a rolling boil, or you’ll enter into candy-making temperatures! While cooking, it’s important to stir so that the sugar doesn’t stick to the bottom before dissolving.
- Straining – Use a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth-lined funnel to strain the syrup. This will easily remove the petals and any chunks that are in the syrup—giving you a smooth, syrupy consistency to add to all of your favorite recipes!
- Customize – This floral simple syrup can be customized by using other flowers! Try making this recipe with an equal amount of other florals, such as rose, hibiscus, or lilac. If you’re using flowers with larger petals, use 1/2 cup or crush them up to fill a 1/4 cup when fairly packed.
Methods For Drying Lavender
- Microwave – Place the petals on a paper towel or plate. Then microwave for 20 to 30-second intervals, checking in between each interval to see if they’re dry. Be careful not to burn the lavender, or it will alter the taste of the syrup!
- Oven – Dry the lavender on a baking sheet in the oven at 200 degrees F. Checking every 5 to 10 minutes to see if it’s dry. Just like the microwave method, you want to keep a close eye on the petals to ensure they don’t burn!
- Dehydrator – If you have a dehydrator, you may want to dig it out to dry your lavender! For this method, set the dehydrator to the herb setting; however, if your dehydrator doesn’t have that setting, you can just use the lowest setting. Check the lavender periodically for dryness!
- Hanging – This method takes the longest but still works just fine! To hang your lavender, tie a bunch together and hang them upside down in a cool, dry, preferably dark location in your home. Re-visit the lavender every day to ensure it is drying and not molding!
Fresh lavender buds may be used in this recipe, but you will want to use two to three times the amount called for, as dried lavender is more potent than fresh.
Tasty Ways To Use Up This Lavender Simple Syrup
- Toppings – Drizzle this syrup over a tall stack of Best Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes or over a couple of scoops of No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream!
- Coffee, Tea, Or Lattes – This simple syrup is a fun way to mix up your favorite mug of coffee, tea, or latte!
- Drinks – Add a splash of lavender simple syrup into cocktails, lemonades, or ice tea for a sweet, floraly taste!
- Frosting – Whip up a batch of American Buttercream Frosting and add in this lavender syrup to create a cake or cupcakes that have a bright, springlike taste!
- Gifting – Tuck a fancy bottle of lavender syrup into a gift basket or hand it out to friends and family to enjoy!
Storage Instructions For Lavender Simple Syrup
Store this simple syrup in a tightly sealed container such as a mason jar or bottle and keep it refrigerated. The simple syrup can then be enjoyed for 2 weeks!
How Come This Lavender Syrup Isn’t Purple?
Lavender syrup, in its natural state, has a clear color. Though if you would like this syrup to have a purple color, you can add a drop of purple food coloring to it.
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Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup dried lavender buds
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and dried lavender buds. Cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the syrup begins to simmer, stirring frequently, so the sugar doesn’t stick to the bottom before dissolving. Do not bring to a rolling boil.1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup dried lavender buds
- Remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature, for about 1 hour, in the saucepan.
- After cooling, strain through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth-lined funnel into a bottle or jar. Discard the lavender buds.
- Store, sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- This recipe can also be used for other floral simple syrups, simply swap out the lavender buds for an equal amount of other florals such as rose, hibiscus, and lilac.
- Make sure to use dried petals.
- For larger flowers, use ½ cup (64 g) of petals or crush them so they fill a ¼ cup (32 g) when fairly packed.
- You can use fresh or dried lavender to make this recipe.
- Lavender syrup in its natural state is almost clear in color. If you would like to make it purple you can use a drop of purple food coloring.
- Most varieties of lavender are edible; however, please ensure you are using lavender that is fit to be consumed. It may also have been sprayed with chemicals, so it’s important to know where the lavender has come from and that it is culinary grade.
- Please note lavender can be toxic to dogs and cats.
- It is very easy to grow lavender at home in your own garden. You can plant it in pots or use it as a border plant and requires little maintenance. It will also attract lots of bees and butterflies to
- Storage: Lavender syrup should be kept in a sealed jar in the refrigerator, where it will last for two weeks.