Lavender Simple Syrup is true to its name; it is quite simple to make. Basically all simple syrups are flavored sugar-water. Equal parts raw or organic sugar to water, heated to dissolve the sugar. Add a natural flavor, in this case lavender, but you can add any kind of citrus rinds, such as lemon, lime or orange. Pomegranate seeds, berries or herbs, like fresh mint, make wonderful simple syrups as well. Simple syrups may be added to salad dressings, poured over fresh fruit, or one of my favorites, added to your morning latte.
Picking at the Bud Stage
When making lavender simple syrup, you need to pick the lavender when it is still in the bud stage. The image above shows the lavender in full bloom, which is pretty for a vase, but doesn’t work for the simple syrup. The buds need to be tight, as shown in the image below. To make one 12 oz jar of lavender simple syrup, you will need approximately 2 tablespoons of fresh lavender buds.
Making Lavender Simple Syrup
Gently remove the buds from the stems by pulling in the opposite direction from their growth. Place in the bottom of a clean 12 oz glass jar. To make the syrup, simply place equal parts raw or organic sugar to water in a pan and simmer on the stove, stirring constantly, until all sugar is dissolved (just below boiling). Remove from heat and let cool approximately 10 minutes. I used 2 cups water to 2 cups raw sugar.
Testing for Just the Right Lavender Taste
Place the sugar syrup in the jar, pouring over the lavender buds. Place a tight lid on the jar and rest it on its side so the lavender buds are dispersed evenly throughout the jar. The lavender buds will float to the top, so turning it on its side will spread the flavor throughout. Soak for 4 to 8 hours, taking a sip every hour after the fourth hour, to check for your preferred taste. I soaked for approximately 7 hours.
The Final Lavender Simple Syrup Steps
Once you reach the desired taste, strain off the flower buds by using a fine mesh. You will keep the syrup and discard the lavender buds at this stage. Now you are ready to use your lavender simple syrup! I love adding a tablespoon or two to my morning latte.
Other Lavender Recipes
One of my favorite gluten-free recipes using fresh or dried lavender is my Honey Lavender Shortbread Dipped in Dark Chocolate, a must try if you have left-over lavender buds!