Lavender simple syrup is an easy recipe to make and there are lots of delicious ways to use it! This easy recipe starts with the basic simple syrup recipe, before adding dried lavender flowers for a sweet, floral flavor. Try it in a lavender latte, a lavender martini, to sweeten iced tea, or for a refreshing lavender lemonade.
Lavender syrup has become a popular choice in coffee shops for lavender lattes. Create your own lavender coffee at home with frothed milk, strong brewed coffee or espresso, and this lavender syrup. It’s the perfect way to control the lavender flavor so it’s exactly to your liking. Use it in both hot and cold coffee drinks.
Homemade goodies are some of my favorite things to give to friends and family. Lavender syrup makes a great gift since it’s super versatile and has a unique, springtime flavor. Print out the notes in my recipe card below and attach them to a bottle of homemade syrup to give your gift recipient lots of options for using their lavender syrup.
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- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
How to Make Lavender Syrup
Heat the water to boiling. Add in sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Stir in dried lavender.
Let mixture steep until syrup has reached room temperature.
Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer placed over a bowl. Discard the lavender.
Store your lavender syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Use Your Lavender Syrup in…
- Coffee - Mix 1 oz of syrup into your morning coffee.
- Lavender Lemonade - Combine 2 oz syrup with 3 oz lemon juice in a large glass with ice. Top with 5 oz club soda or sparkling water.
- Lavender Soda - Combine 2 oz syrup with 5 oz club soda or sparkling water. Adjust the amount of syrup to taste.
- Iced Tea - Mix 1 oz of syrup into iced tea for a sweet and refreshing cold lavender tea.
- Lavender Lemon Drop Martinis
How to Make Your Drinks Purple
The color from the dried lavender flowers doesn’t transfer into the syrup, so your syrup will naturally be a light yellow color.
To make your lavender drinks purple, start by making your syrup blue! Add ⅛ teaspoon of butterfly pea flower to the hot syrup. Whisk until it’s dissolved. Your syrup should be very blue.
[Note: A little goes a LONG way with butterfly pea flowers. Don’t overdo it!! A tiny bit will make your syrup blue and add zero taste. Too much will create a navy blue color and impart a slight grassy taste to your syrup.]
Make your drinks purple by combining lemon juice with the blue syrup. Acid - like lemon juice - reacts to the butterfly pea flower, making the blue syrup turn purple. It’s such a fun trick and makes your lavender lemonade or cocktail turn a violet color.
I often divide my batch of syrup into two jars - one gets the butterfly pea flower addition for use in cocktails and lemonade, and one gets left the light yellow color for use in coffee and lattes.
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Frequently Asked Questions and Substitutions
Culinary grade dried lavender is available online and in specialty food stores. Remember that dried herbs are sold in small weights, so even packages that seem small (2 oz or 4 oz) will still contain plenty of dried lavender for syrups.
Make lavender honey syrup by substituting honey for the sugar in this recipe. You can also use coconut sugar in this syrup recipe. I don’t recommend brown sugar in this recipe, though, as it will change the flavor of the syrup a bit and doesn’t pair as nicely with the lavender flavor as other sweeteners.
Putting the lavender in your syrup too early will cause it to cook too long and become bitter. Treat the dried lavender like tea and steep it in already-hot syrup. Don’t put it in at the beginning when the water’s cool.
This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Get rid of it if the syrup becomes cloudy or starts to change its smell.
If you don’t want to make the syrup, look for lavender simple syrup - sometimes called lavender cordial - at your favorite specialty food or liquor store.