how to make lavender syrup

Steps on How to Make Lavender Syrup

Written by: Victoria


Simple Lavender Syrup Recipe: How to Make it at Home

 Learn how to make lavender syrup at home with this simple lavender syrup recipe. Lavender syrup is gaining popularity for its application in dishes, soups, and as a dessert topping. It only takes minutes to whip up, earning it rave ratings among the cooking community. You can use the homemade lavender syrup to enrich your iced tea or lavender tea experience, taking them to a whole new level. So, if you've always desired to make lavender syrup at home, it's time to take the leap.


Ingredients to make lavender syrup: 

2 Cups Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Water
1/4 cup Dried Lavender Buds

Supplies need to make lavender syrup:

  • Sauce  Pan
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Tea strainer or cloth cooking bag
  • Measuring Cups

Directions for making Homemade Lavender Syrup:

Step 1

Place lavender buds in a tea strainer or cooking cloth

Step 2

Add water to saucepan on medium heat

Step 3

Stir in sugar to water until fully dissolved

sugar added to lavender syrup


Step 4

Bring to a lavender simple syrup to soft boil and remove from heat

boiling lavender syrup

Step 5

Add lavender buds in strainer to saucepan. If using a larger strainer ladle the syrup over the top of strainer every 10 minutes and allow to seep down through the strainer. The main purpose of the the strainer is to reduce the number of lavender buds you have to pick out of the lavender syrup once it is done steeping. Remember do not leave buds in lavender syrup if you plan to store it past the first date of making it.

 lavender buds added to lavender syrup

Step 6

Let lavender buds steep in simple syrup mix for 45 minutes or until slightly above room temperature

ladle syrup over lavender buds

 Step 7

Remove lavender simple syrup buds from saucepan and throw used lavender away.

 Step 8

Transfer lavender simple syrup to a sterilized container. We like to use mason jars for storing our lavender syrup. Not only does it look nice but the jars are designed for this very purpose.

 lavender syrup finished in jar

Addition option if you want a stronger flavor you can add a few drops of lavender oil. Be careful this can drastically change the flavor of the lavender syrup.

Lavender Syrup: Key Ingredients and Alternative Sugar Options

If you're looking to make lavender syrup at home, you'll need a few key ingredients. It's a simple process, and simply requires lavender, water, and sugar. For those wanting to experiment with alternative sweeteners, there are many sugar options you can consider. Firstly, the simple syrup recipe relies on standard white sugar, but healthier alternatives such as coconut sugar or even a low carbohydrate sweetener like Stevia can be used. All you've got to do is combine your sugar of choice with water on the stove top and let it simmer for a few minutes. 

Add the lavender and allow it to steep for another 15 minutes. Then, strain and use it to flavor your tea, coffee, or beverages. This lavender syrup is a great way to add a floral twist and will bring a fresh taste to summer evenings. The syrup keeps well in the fridge too. Its sweet, aromatic qualities make it a great add-in to recipes and beverages alike.

Does homemade lavender syrup go bad?

Sugar is a natural preservative which allows lavender syrup to have a long shelf life. Homemade lavender syrup or lavender flavored syrup should be kept in the refrigerator. Even though sugar is a preservative there may be small bits of lavender buds left in the syrup. These are fine to eat but can go bad when exposed to moisture. In addition if you use a sugar alternative it may not have the same preserving properties of standard sugar. For best shelf life of lavender syrup place lavender in a container with a lid and place in fridge. Check lavender once a week for signs of mold or discoloration. Our lavender receipt last us 3 weeks in the fridge. It is usually used up well before that.

Tips for Making the Perfect Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

To make the perfect lavender simple syrup recipe, you'll need to pay attention to your ingredients and technique. Start with water, sugar, and lavender. Use fresh lavender flowers if you can—they lend a more potent flavor to the syrup; if not, dried lavender buds will do. In terms of sugar, you can certainly opt for regular white sugar, but don't be afraid to experiment with alternative sugars such as coconut sugar or agave syrup. These alternatives might result in different flavors and result in an array of unique lavender recipes.

 Lavender: The Star Ingredient in Your Simple Syrup Recipe

Lavender's the star ingredient that's gonna make your simple syrup recipe stand out. It's not only about making lavender syrup, it's also about bringing a great flavor to your recipes. From teas to cocktails, lavender adds a sophisticated twist. You can use lavender buds for a more subtle flavor or lavender oils for a stronger one. The longer you let it steep for will also effect the strength of the flavor, allowing the lavender to infuse its flavor into the syrup. Consider adding to your coffee with this tips.

Is lavender syrup made from lavender?

Yes lavender syrup is made from lavender. Learn how to make lavender homemade syrup above. You can add other flowers and herbs as well. The process is all about infusing the flavors of the lavender  into the syrup to make a simple syrup. The process is easy and only takes a few minutes.

Why is my lavender syrup bitter?

Lavender syrup can be bitter for a couple of reasons.

  1. You did not use cooking lavender: Not all lavender buds are created equal. Most of the cheaper lavender you can buy is commercial grown and have pesticides sprayed on them. If your lavender taste weird check that you bought culinary lavender other wise known as organic lavender. These are meant for use in teas, dinner desert and do not have pesticides sprayed on them.
  2. Not enough sugar: To much lavender used or lavender that is steeped for to long can release to much of the flowers lavender oil into the syrup. Lavender simple syrup is about the settle flavor. To much oil in the simple syrup can lead to bitterness. 
  3. Sugar alternative: Did you use a sugar alternative? Some sugar alternatives can break down when heated and do not work well for cooking or making simple syrups. They are also more prone to burn and can lead to a more bitter flavor.

How do you make lavender extract from dried lavender?

Lavender extract is simple the product of removing the oils from a lavender plant. To make a simple syrup with lavender infused oil is easy. You do not need to remove the oil from the lavender prior to making the lavender syrup. The oils will release and infuse into the syrup during the steeping process. If you wanted to know more about lavender extract we take about it in this article.

lavender syrup cocktail amount

To add lavender syrup to a cocktail the recommended amount per cocktail is 1 teaspoon per drink. Lavender syrup is very sweet and can overwhelm a cocktail if to much is added. You can also add lavender buds to the top of your cocktail for added looks. You can make your own homemade lavender syrup by following the recipe above. It takes about an hour to complete and adds a unique touch to any get together. A few other options include making a long island ice tea using lavender tea. Adding lavender flowers to gin. making a honey based lavender simple syrup to add to cocktails. The options are endless.

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