Lavender syrup is a delicious, versatile addition to any kitchen. Whether served in coffee, over ice cream, blended into a fruity beverage, or used as a topping for pancakes, lavender syrup is a delicious way to use lavender’s unmistakable floral flavor in a variety of dishes. In this post, we’ll discuss exactly how to make a homemade lavender syrup that can be used in multiple dishes.
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Up until recent years I really never cared for the smell of lavender. Now I am obsessed with it! I never even thought about it being a fantastic addition to coffee until I visited the Silos in Waco and ordered a Lavender Vanilla Latte. This was by far one of my most favorite coffee shops I have ever visited. It was love at first sip and I had my organic lavender ordered before pulling out of the parking lot. I was on a mission to recreate that coffee at home, and I did just that.
How to Select the Right Lavender
Let’s talk about how to choose the perfect lavender for making the best lavender syrup. There are a few different types of lavender out there, so it’s important to pick the right one to get that delicious floral flavor into your syrup.
First things first – you gotta decide whether you want to go with fresh or dried lavender. Fresh lavender flowers are going to give you a stronger flavor, but dried lavender is easier to work with and can be found year-round. It’s really up to you and what you’re going for. I chose to use dried lavender, purely out of convenience.
Now, when it comes to the specific variety of lavender, there are a couple that are commonly used in culinary applications. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is probably the most popular choice. It has a sweet and floral flavor that works great in syrups and other desserts. French lavender (Lavandula x intermedia) is another great option, especially if you want a slightly more robust taste.
When using fresh lavender, make sure it’s fresh and fragrant. You want those buds to be plump and vibrant in color. Avoid any lavender that looks wilted or brown – that’s a sign that it’s past its prime and won’t give you the flavor you’re after.
Now, if you’re lucky enough to have a lavender farm nearby, definitely check them out. They’ll likely have a variety of lavender options and can give you some advice on what will work best for your syrup. If you don’t have a farm nearby, no worries. You can find dried lavender at most grocery stores or online. Just make sure you’re buying from a reputable source.
Making the Best Homemade Lavender Syrup
First thing, bring one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan and then add in 1 cup of pure cane sugar. Boil until sugar is dissolved.
Once your sugar has dissolved add in 1/2 cup of lavender (fresh or dried) into your sugar mixture and turn off the stove.
Allow the lavender to steep in the sugar water for 10-15 minutes.
Strain lavender through a fine mesh strainer into a glass container. I love this little glass bottle and use them for several of my kitchen concoctions including my Homemade Vanilla Extract and my Honey Fermented Pomegranate Seeds.
Once your syrup cools store your lavender syrup in the fridge and use as desired!
Uses for Your Homemade Lavender Syrup
My absolute favorite way to use this lavender syrup is in my morning coffee with a splash of my homemade vanilla extract and/or some whole milk or oat milk. I even enjoy it in iced coffee or cold brew coffee (really, it’s great in any coffee drinks). If you’re feeling spunky- make your own iced lavender latte! You could add a dash to your water with some lemon juice and you have homemade lavender lemonade. The delicate flavor is not overpowering and would even be a perfect addition to your favorite cocktail. It even gives iced tea a unique flavor! It doesn’t take much syrup to achieve those light floral notes in your favorite beverages.
Lavender syrup is a delicious and easy way to add a unique and distinctive flavor to a variety of dishes. By following the steps outlined in this post, you can quickly make your own lavender syrup to use in everything from ice cream to cocktails. Comment below with your favorite way to use homemade lavender syrup! Also, if you love the label I used on the jar you can get that label maker here.
Best Homemade Lavender Syrup Recipe for Coffee
- 1 small pot
- 1 wooden/ silicone spoon
- 1 8oz airtight container
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup lavender
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
- Add 1 cup of sugar and simmer until all sugar has dissolved.
- Add 1/2 cup of lavender buds and turn stove off.
- Allow lavender buds to steep in sugar for 10-15 minutes.
- Use a fine mesh strainer to remove lavender from sugar.
- Place syrup in a airtight container and store in the refrigerator.