Lavender simple syrup is a really delicious floral and sweet simple syrup that is very easy to make. You only need dried lavender, water and sugar to make this lavender syrup and it makes everything it goes into amazing. You can use this floral simple syrup to make lavender lemonade, cocktails like my Chartreuse and lavender cocktail or drizzle it over cakes and baked goods for a floral note.
What is simple syrup
If you have been following my site for a while, you know I make a lot of simple syrups because it is so easy to make and big on flavor. A basic simple syrup is just water with sugar that is heated in the water until it dissolves.
You can make any amount of simple syrup as long as you remember that the ratio to water and sugar is a 1:1 ratio. For example, if you pour 1 cup of water into a sauce pan then you need 1 cup of sugar as well.
When you make simple syrup, you are not cooking the sugar in the water. You are only heating the water until the sugar dissolves.
Once you get the hang of making simple syrups, the varieties you make are endless. Some of my favorites in addition to this one are basil simple syrup, strawberry top simple syrup , rhubarb simple syrup , honey simple syrup and cherry simple syrup.
You only need three ingredients to make this easy lavender simple syrup!
- Dried lavender buds. Any dried lavender will work. I do not recommend fresh lavender because the flavor is not as concentrated when it is fresh and it makes a week lavender simple syrup.
- Granulated sugar
I told you this was easy! Making this lavender syrup takes just a little time which is all hands off.
When I make my lavender simple syrup, I like to let the lavender buds gently steep in the warm simple syrup to give off the floral lavender notes.
You do not want to rush this part. If you take the lavender buds out too soon, you will not have as much lavender flavor in the syrup.
How to make
To make this floral syrup, the first thing you want to do is add your sugar and water to a small sauce pan. Heat the water over medium heat and when you see the sugar fully dissolved, you know the basic simple syrup is ready.
Here is what it looks like.
This is just simple syrup without the lavender added at this point. When you see the simple syrup looking like the picture above, you want to add the dried lavender buds to the simple syrup.
Place a lid over the top and let it steep for a good hour or so. This steeping time is when the lavender perfumes the syrup and makes it amazing.
This steeping process is tis same method I use for making lavender water. I told you I really like lavender 🙂
Lavender Simple Syrup Uses
This floral and sweet syrup is a great addition to any cold beverage or cocktail. I also love drizzling this over desserts, either fruit or cakes.
Here are some ideas for you:
- Lavender lemonade
- Lavender Iced Tea
- Lavender cocktail
- I like to drizzle a little over my basil olive oil cake for more floral flavor.
- It is also really good drizzled over my vanilla almond cake.
- Drizzle a little over vanilla cream scones.
- Mix a little in with strawberries and balsamic vinegar.
The uses are endless! You only need a little and it is amazing on everything that needs a little pop of floral flavor.
Lavender simple syrup is actually not purple like the color of lavender. The color of lavender simple syrup is a golden tan color.
You may have over cooked the lavender. Steeping is the best way to perfume simple syrup with lavender.
Almost all dried lavender varieties will work well for this simple syrup. Just make sure the lavender you are using is food grade.
Lavender Simple Syrup
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Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
Lavender Simple Syrup
- In a medium sauce pan add your water and sugar and bring to a gentle simmer.1 cup water, 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- Measure out 1 teaspoon of dried lavender buds.1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
- Once your sugar has melted into the water and it looks clear, add your lavender and remove from heat.
- Cover with a lid.
- Let the mixture come to room temperature. About 1 hour.
- Strain your mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the lavender buds and discard them.
- Your lavender simple syrup is ready.
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