Lavender Syrup Recipe For Coffee

Homemade Lavender Syrup lends lovely floral flavor to coffees, teas, lemonades, and cocktails. It’s easy to make and perfect for holiday gifting!

glass jar of lavender syrup with gift tag

I tried a lavender latte for the first time several years ago when our local coffee shop offered them as a part of their summer specials. I was skeptical, but I’m a sucker for a special, so I gave it a try.

Two sips later, I was hooked. It was such a soothing latte, with gentle, herby floral notes and just the right amount of sweetness. I knew immediately I was going to need more cozy lavender drinks in my life.

Of course, I couldn’t leave myself at the mercy of the coffee shop’s seasonal specials. Thankfully, it’s a cinch to make Lavender Syrup, and it can be used in a variety of hot and cold beverages all year long.

sauce pot full of water and lavender buds

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What is Simple Syrup?

Simple syrups combine water, sugar, and flavorings to create a sweetener for coffees, teas, cocktails, and other beverages. Syrups are used by coffee shops and bartenders, because they effortlessly blend into both hot and cold drinks (no graininess!), and can be made with almost any flavoring you can imagine.

I always keep a bottle of homemade Vanilla Simple Syrup on hand, because it’s so incredibly versatile.

Simple Syrup Ratio

Most simple syrups use either a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of water to sugar or a 1:2 ratio.

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I use simple syrups mostly for coffee and tea, and I find the 1:1 ratio works best for me. It’s easier for me to control the sweetness, and I like that it’s thin enough to be poured easily through a glass oil bottle (this one from World Market is my favorite).

Bartenders often prefer the 1:2 ratio for cocktails, because it adds less water to the drink. Feel free to use this ratio if you prefer!

lavender syrup in a glass jar

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How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup

  1. In a sauce pan, combine 3 Tablespoons lavender buds and 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the sugar.
  2. Lower the heat so it maintains a gentle boil, and continue to stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Lower the heat to a simmer and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and allow the lavender to steep as it cools. Taste the syrup after 15 minutes. If it has enough flavor, go ahead and strain out the lavender buds. If you want it stronger, continue to steep. I find 20-30 minutes is usually perfect for me.
pitcher pouring lavender syrup through a strainer into a glass jar

>> This recipe makes about 1 cup. Feel free to double the recipe if you prefer!>> Simple syrup should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for 2-3 weeks.

What kind of lavender should I use for simple syrup?

Lavender syrup can be made with either fresh or dried lavender buds. Unfortunately, my lavender plants didn’t make it this year (sorry lavender, I really tried!), so I opted for dried. Look for culinary grade lavender, like this one. A bag this size can make MANY batches of syrup and can also be used for fragrant sachets and baked goods.If you use fresh lavender, choose buds that are fully purple, but not yet opened.

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lavender simple syrup in a glass jar

Lavender Syrup Uses

  • Lavender Lattes– Add 1-2 Tablespoons of lavender syrup to 8 ounces of strong brewed coffee. Top with 1/3 cup steamed and frothed milk.
    • Sub 1 Tablespoon honey syrup for 1 Tablespoon lavender syrup in these Honey Lattes for an incredible honey lavender latte.
    • Use 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Syrup for the Lavender Syrup-these two syrups play very well together!
  • London Fog Lattes– This is my absolute FAVORITE use for lavender syrup! Add 1-2 Tablespoons of syrup to 6 ounces brewed Earl Gray tea and top with frothed milk. For more variations and tips, check out how to make tea lattes.
  • Gifts– Package lavender simple syrup in glass jars (this kind or these would be perfect) for holiday gifting! Pair it with a box of Earl Gray Tea and some homemade Canestrelli Cookies for the ultimate tea time gift.
  • Poke holes in this Lemon Zucchini Bread, and brush syrup on top.
  • Add lavender syrup to buttercream frosting to add an herby note to vanilla or lemon cakes.
London Fog Tea Latte with lavender buds on top

More Lavender Syrup Recipes

  • Lavender Gin Cocktail
  • Lavender French 75
  • Lavender Mojito
  • Lavender Lemonade
  • Lavender Coconut Iced Coffee
lavender bud on top of a glass jar