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Honey Lavender Simple Syrup

Infuse drinks and baked goods with this easy recipe for homemade honey lavender simple syrup – easily prepared with soothing lavender buds and sweet honey.

Honey lavender simple syrup in a container with honey in the background.

What is Simple Syrup?

Simple syrup is a delicious sweetener that can be easily prepared by mixing equal parts of honey (or sugar) and water. Enhance it with flavors like cardamom, vanilla, citrus, or lavender. The syrup is easy to make and keeps well in the fridge for several weeks.

Ingredients You’ll Need

The ingredients for honey lavender simple syrup.
  • Water: Use water to dissolve honey and create a tasty syrup. 
  • Sweetener: Simple syrup requires a sweetener of some kind, and for this recipe, we use raw honey. You can also use sugar or agave.
  • Lavender: Dried culinary lavender is full of flavor – they add a fragrant, slightly sweet, and earthy taste to whatever you include them in, whether it’s syrup, tea, or baked goods. I may be biased, but I love them in our lavender-infused honey syrup.

How to Make Honey Lavender Simple Syrup

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Combine honey, water, and lavender buds in a saucepan and warm it over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar completely dissolves.

Lavender buds in a sauce pan.

Step 2: Remove the pan from heat and set it aside to steep for 1-2 hours.

Straining the lavender simple syrup into a container to remove the lavender buds.

Step 3: Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into an airtight container.

Honey lavender simple syrup in a container with honey in the background.

Expert Tips

  • Check the fresh or dried lavender before using them to make the syrup to ensure they’re fragrant.
  • The standard ratio for simple syrup is equal parts water and sweetener. For example, use 1 cup of water and 1 cup of honey to provide a balanced sweetness for the syrup. For a sweeter syrup, use more sugar; for lighter syrup, use less.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool completely. Set the pan aside to steep for 1-2 hours for the best results before straining out the flavoring ingredient.
  • Once it cools, transfer it to a glass container. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to a month.

If you enjoy this sweetener, pair it with one of these coffee recipes!

How to Use Lavender Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a versatile and easy-to-use sweetener widely used in beverage and dessert recipes. Use the honey lavender simple syrup to flavor cocktails, mocktails, and coffee drinks, and you can also use it to sweeten iced tea, lemonade, and other cold beverages.

1. Cocktails and Mocktails

Honey lavender simple syrup is a fantastic addition to cocktails. It pairs well with drinks like lavender mojitos, martinis, or lavender-infused gin and tonic. Add a splash or two of lavender simple syrup to your favorite cocktail recipe, and enjoy!

2. Coffee or Tea

You can also use lavender-flavored simple syrup to enhance non-alcoholic beverages like lattes, iced tea or coffee, and even sparkling water.

4. Baked Goods and Dessert

Use lavender simple syrup to sweeten desserts by brushing it onto cake layers or cupcakes to infuse them with flavor and keep them moist. It’s also a tasty addition to sorbet, frosting, glazes, or drizzles. Add a drop or two of the simple syrup to muffin, pancake, or waffle batter – careful not to use too much, as it can be overpowering.

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Storage: Let the mixture cool and transfer it to a clean, airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for one month.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best ratio for simple syrup?

The ratio of sweetener to water varies depending on the desired sweetness, but I typically use equal parts sweetener and water.

What pairs well with lavender honey?

I am all about getting creative in the kitchen, and you can pair our lavender honey simple syrup with bread and pastries or enhance the flavor of tea and coffee. Drizzle a small amount of simple syrup over yogurt or oatmeal for a tasty breakfast option, or incorporate it into a glaze or salad dressing.

Why is my lavender syrup bitter?

Bitterness in lavender syrup can be the result of over-infusion or cooking the syrup for too long. Additionally, the variety of dried lavender leaves you use can alter the taste; Hidcote, munstead, and lady are less likely to become bitter.

Should I use fresh lavender leaves or dried lavender?

For crafting honey lavender simple syrup, I prefer using dried lavender. Why? Because I don’t have access to an edible lavender plant (though I should consider growing one).

However, culinary-use dried lavender offers a more concentrated flavor than fresh lavender leaves. Plus, since the leaves are dried, they store better – meaning you can always keep them on hand for delicious recipes.

What kind of honey should I use?

I use raw honey because that’s what I usually have in my pantry, and I believe in using what you have. Regular clover honey (the most widely available), wildflower, or orange blossom honey tastes delicious.

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Honey lavender simple syrup in a container with honey in the background.

Honey Lavender Simple Syrup

Tressa Jamil
Infuse drinks and dessert with this easy recipe for homemade honey lavender simple syrup – made with soothing lavender buds and sweet honey.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 86 kcal
Equipment
Ingredients
  
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lavender buds, culinary-grade
Instructions
 
  • Combine honey, water, and lavender leaves in a saucepan and warm it over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar completely dissolves.
  • Remove the pan from heat and set it aside to steep for 1-2 hours.
  • Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into an airtight container.
Notes
Expert Tips
  • Check the fresh or dried lavender before using them to make the syrup to ensure they’re fragrant.
  • The standard ratio for simple syrup is equal parts water and sweetener. For example, use 1 cup of water and 1 cup of honey to provide a balanced sweetness for the syrup. For a sweeter syrup, use more sugar; for lighter syrup, use less.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool completely. Set the pan aside to steep for 1-2 hours for the best results before straining out the flavoring ingredient.
  • Once it cools, transfer it to a glass container. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Tablespoon | Calories: 86 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Sodium: 2 mg | Potassium: 15 mg | Sugar: 23 g | Iron: 1 mg
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