Monday, August 29, 2011

Recipe: Lavender Simple Syrup

My wife absolutely loves lavender.  It is one of her favorite flavors and smells and happens to grow great in our garden. I would have to agree with her that there is something great about the color, flavor and aroma of these flowers. Last week I set out to create lavender everything for her. From lattes, to chocolate, to ice cream to drinks; the secret? Simple syrup.  Speaking of simple, there is no easier way to get flower or herb flavors ready for food than with simple syrup. Try this with your lavender in your garden, basil, or any other edible garden flavor to create something unique for yourself and those around you.

Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lavender flowers
How To:

1. Find and clip some lavender flowers from the garden

2. Take and slide the flowers off the stem into a bowl

3. Place the sugar, lavender in a saucepan and add the water

4. Heat on medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved and let simmer for 5-10 mins

5. Remove from heat and place lid on pan. Let sit for 30 mins.

6. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and store in fridge until needed.


  1. Omgoshness, your wife has to be over the moon with happiness that you did such a sweet thing for her. One little tip on the lavender: the best flavor comes when they are harvested with the buds still tightly wrapped but are the dark purple just before opening fully. Older blooms with spend flowers will have less impact on flavor. Also, use an Augaustifolia variety, as that is the culinary lavender (as well as the one used in spa treatments) because it's the sweeter lavender. I agree with your wife, though, that all things lavender are divine. :)

  2. Wow, I'm a little late to respond. Thank you so much for the recommendations. I love learning new things, especially about fresh ingredients.