Lavender is one of my favorite scents and flavors. It’s like magic in drinks—it brings a wonderful floral aroma to a variety of concoctions. It pairs especially well with gin; the aromatic compounds in the lavender and juniper berries complement each other perfectly. Add a splash to your next gin and tonic!
Lavender is also delicious with lemons. One of my favorite summer drinks is a freshly-squeezed sparkling lemonade sweetened with Lavender Simple Syrup. It is delightful—a truly refreshing beverage on a hot day.
Lavender Simple Syrup is, just as the name implies, quite simple to make. You can use fresh or dried lavender, although keep in mind that you may need to use more fresh buds than dried since their flavor is not quite as potent. It can be a bit of a pain to de-stem the buds but trust me, this syrup is worth it.
Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 C. sugar
- 1 C. water
- 2 T. dried lavender buds
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Remove the syrup from the heat and add the lavender buds. Stir to combine.
- Steep lavender for 1 hour in the syrup.
- Strain the syrup into an airtight container or bottle. Syrup will keep for at least a month in the refrigerator.
Yield: 1 1/2 C.
Total Time: 1h 5 min.
Active Time: 5 min.