This honey lavender simple syrup is a sweet, slightly herbal and gorgeously floral flavoring that is perfect for coffee, cocktails, lemonade, and more!
After sharing several recipes on frolic and fare that required lavender simple syrup, I decided it was time to share the version I make at home. At the end of spring, my fresh lavender flowers in our garden, and I like to use it. In all of the other months of the year, I use our dried lavender. That’s why I’m sharing both versions with you today.
What is lavender simple syrup?
Simple syrup is generally found in two strengths: Equal parts sugar and water, the most common strength in U.S. bars, is referred to as “one-to-one” (1:1). Two parts sugar to one part water is, as you might guess, referred to as 2:1, which is the standard syrup in U.K. bars; in the States, you’ll often hear 2:1 syrup being referred to as “rich simple syrup.”
What to do with fresh lavender
Fresh lavender is my preferred version. Lavender is a member of the mint family, yet is has a unique distinctive flavor that separates it from other species of mint. Lavender presents a strong floral flavor. It’s milder and slightly more herbaceous when fresh. In comparison to dried lavender, we use a little bit more since it isn’t as pungent.
What to do with dried lavender
Taste is subjective, but dried lavender is slightly more bitter to me. Even when it’s the best quality, culinary grade. The sweetness and softness in the sugary honey syrup base counteract any bitterness and makes a wonderful syrup any time of year. I don’t know about you, but we keep dried lavender at all times for miscellaneous projects, so it’s readily available when a lavender iced coffee craving strikes.
How to use this lavender syrup in coffee
Lavender syrup is beautiful in a strong espresso with rich cream. Simply add a tiny bit of syrup and see if it suits your taste buds. Add more as desired.
How long does simple syrup last for
Sugar is used in cooking as a preservative— think jams and jellies, which are also called preserves. So simple syrups have a decent shelf life, when prepared and stored properly: made with very hot water and stored in a sterile container in the refrigerator. A 1:1 simple syrup like this one lasts only one month when refrigerated.
How to store lavender simple syrup
Despite the photos in this photo, I would not store lavender simple in this type of container. The recommended way to store simple syrup is to use an airtight container that’s been sterilized.
Recipes you can make with this lavender simple syrup
How to make lavender simple syrup
This 1:1 ratio is so simple, all it requires is 1 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of fresh lavender. Although it’s not necessary, I use 1/3 cup when it’s dried lavender. I also add 1/4 cup of honey for it’s beautiful ability to balance the floral flavor in this syrup. You will love it!
- 1 cup water or lavender water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lavender OR 1/3 cup dried lavender
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and lavender until it comes to a simmer.
- Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let the liquid cool.
- Lastly, strain into a jar (with an airtight lid)
Store into a jar with airtight lid for up to one month.
Store in your refrigerator.
Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 52Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 0gSugar 14gProtein 0g
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Sarah is a sleep researcher, aromatherapist and herbalist who loves to create botanical and herbal infused recipes for simple, seasonal living.