This honey lavender simple syrup is a sweet, slightly herbal and gorgeously floral flavoring that is perfect for lavender latte, iced coffee, cocktails, lemonade, and more!
What could be better than a warm day spent in the garden with bees buzzing around you, sipping an iced cold beverage, topped with lavender honey simple syrup over ice? This recipe is so easy to make and can be used as an iced tea sweetener, mixed into cocktails or even added to your favorite coffee. We'll show you how! You can use this syrup for any drink that needs a little more sweetness or flavor such as lavender iced coffee, lemonade, iced tea, or even cocktails like mojitos! We're very partial to this syrup in our lavender bee's knees cocktail. If you're looking for an all-natural alternative to sweeten your drinks botanically, then this recipe is perfect for you. It even makes great gift idea if you want to give someone something special during the holidays or their birthday. It would be perfect in a mason jar!
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 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.”
Ingredients in lavender honey simple syrup
- Fresh or dried lavender
- Raw honey (any honey of choice will do)
Quantities are in the recipe below!
How to make lavender honey simple syrup
This 1:1 ratio is so simple, all it requires is 1 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of fresh lavender. Although it's not necessary, I use ⅓ cup when it's dried lavender. I also add ¼ cup of honey for it's beautiful ability to balance the floral flavor in this syrup. You will love it!
Making lavender simple syrup 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.
Making lavender simple syrup 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
Have you been dying to try the lavender latte that's popping up in every coffee shop? 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
The recommended way to store simple syrup is to use an airtight container that's been sterilized.
Recommended recipes you can make with this lavender simple syrup
- Lavender iced coffee
- Lavender vanilla honey lollipops
- Lavender blueberry granola
- Lavender honey icecream
- Lavender iced tea
- Lavender bee's knees cocktail
- 1 cup water or lavender water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup fresh lavender OR ⅓ 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