With only 3 ingredients and a delicious floral flavor this lavender simple syrup is a must make simple syrup! A pale lavender color and and a gorgeous floral flavor, you'll find so many uses for this lavender syrup. It's perfect in cocktails, mocktails, tea and even coffee.
The easiest way to up your cocktail game is with simple syrups. A simple syrup in it's simplest form is just equal parts water and a sweetener - usually sugar.
To change up a simple syrup, you can add herbs, peppers, fruit, the possibilities are endless.
When I want a pretty pink cocktail, like for Mother's Day or Easter, I make a quick batch of hibiscus simple syrup. It tastes both florally and lemony and turns every cocktail into a lovely shade of pink.
In the winter, when I want to add warmth and heat to a cocktail, I make gGinger simple syrup. It's also good in the summer as an extra kick in a gin and tonic, but I especially love it in the winter.
Ingredients in Lavender Syrup
Only 3 ingredients are needed to make this delicious lavender infusion!
Lavender - I grow lavender in my herb garden, so I just went outside and cut a few stems. If you need to buy your lavender, you need a food grade lavender - like these Organic Lavender Flower Buds. If you get a big bag of lavender or your grow your own, be sure and try this Lavender Infused Gin - it is one of the most popular posts on my blog!
Sugar - for this infusion, I used white sugar because I wanted to keep the color clear and the lavender flavor front and center. You can use coconut sugar, raw cane sugar or even honey.
Water - I used filtered tap water.
How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup
Making a simple syrup is so easy! All you need to do is combine your sugar, water and lavender in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, bring it to a boil and then turn the heat to low.
Let the lavender steep in the water for 10-20 minutes. Taste to see when it reaches your desired strength. My lavender was pretty strong and I had plenty of lavender flavor at 15 minutes.
Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to strain out the buds. Let cool to room temperature and store in a lidded bottle in the refrigerator. It should last in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
Note - you'll notice that some lavender simple syrup has more of a lavender color. I read that some people add blueberries to get more color. There is also a type of lavender that has deeper blue flowers and those would probably produce a deeper colored syrup. I was fine with mine being a very pale lavender.
Uses for This Delicious Syrup
Once you taste how amazing this lavender syrup is, you'll find all kinds of uses for it! You can use it in almost any cocktail in place of regular simple syrup. It's also delicious stirred into sparkling water for a summertime lavender soda. It's great in tea and some people like it in coffee.
This also makes a great gift for your cocktail and food loving friends!
Try Lavender Simple Syrup in These Cocktails
If you're looking for more infusions (because once you make one, you'll want to make more) be sure and follow my Infusions Recipes Board on Pinterest.
Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lavender flowers
- Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and turn heat to medium.
- Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-20 minutes.
- Strain into a lidded bottle.
- Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.