Lavender syrup is an easy 3 ingredient simple syrup that combines white or natural cane sugar, water, and food grade lavender. In about 20 minutes, you'll be left with a flavourful syrup that can be used in anything from a lavender latte, to lavender lemonade, or a lavender London fog.

For some more floral recipes, try making your own lavender wands, an easy three ingredient rosewater toner, lavender milk, or check out my guide on how to grow edible flowers to fill your garden with some of these fragrant beauties.

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Ingredients

You need just three ingredients for homemade lavender syrup: food-grade lavender, sugar, and water. Buy edible lavender in culinary shops or online.

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Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Sugar: you can use natural cane sugar or even coconut sugar in this recipe, but they will change the flavour, making it more caramel-like, and will compete with the lavender.
  • Lavender: fresh edible lavender can be used in this recipe—just make sure it comes from a spray-free garden. If you choose fresh, reduce both the amount of flowers used and the steep time.

Make Your Syrup

Homemade lavender syrup steps 1 to 4.

Step 1: Add the sugar, water, and lavender to a saucepan.

Step 2: Bring to a low boil, then immediately remove from the heat.

Step 3: Steep for 20 minutes, then strain the mixture.

Step 4: Store in a sterilized jar or bottle in the fridge.

Top Tips

  • Buy edible blossoms: look for food grade, or culinary, lavender which will be fit for consumption. You can often buy this at a health food store, tea shop, or online.
  • Dry it yourself: fresh culinary lavender can easily be dried by hanging it up in a warm dry room for a few days. For a faster drying time, spread the flowers out on a baking sheet pan and bake at 200ºF (95°C) for about 10 minutes.
  • Store the lavender: dried lavender should be stored in an airtight container and will retain its freshness for about 1 year. After that, it will be good, just not as pungent.

How to Store

Storage: lavender syrup will last in the fridge for about a month. If you notice any mold or if the syrup goes cloudy, it is best to toss it. Make sure to sterilize the storage container beforehand to ensure the longest shelf life.

FAQ

What does lavender syrup taste like?

It tastes like lavender, a bit sweet, very floral, and slightly herbal. You just need a bit of the syrup when making something as it is quite strong.

Does lavender syrup make you sleepy?

There doesn't seem to be a high enough concentration of lavender in the simple syrup to make you really sleepy, but making a warm drink with it might help relax you a bit!

Why is my lavender syrup bitter?

If your syrup turns out bitter, it's probably due to letting it boil rather than removing it from the heat to steep. You don't want to boil the blossoms for any length of time.

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3 Ingredient Lavender Syrup

Lavender syrup is a flavoured simple syrup that uses food grade lavender. It's floral flavour is a great addition to lavender lattes, as soaks for cake, or as a base for a cocktail.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Sophie

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Glass jar

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried culinary lavender

Instructions

  • Measure out the ingredients. In a saucepan combine the sugar, lavender, and water.
    ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water, 1 ½ teaspoons dried culinary lavender
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. As soon as it boils, remove the pot from the heat.
  • Let the mixture steep from 20 minutes. After the time is up, strain the mixture and discard the solids.
  • Place the syrup in a jar and store it in the fridge for about a month.

Notes

Lavender syrup will last in the fridge for about a month. If it goes moldy or turns cloudy before a month, it is best to toss it.
If you want a more intensely flavoured syrup, you can up the total amount of lavender to 2 teaspoons, but the syrup will run the risk of becoming soapy or too floral tasting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 52kcal

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