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an easy recipe for homemade honey lavender syrup. floral and rich, this syrup is perfect for coffee or cocktails.

*This recipe was retested and rewritten on 5.21.20*

This honey lavender syrup recipe is a looooong time coming.  I’ve been growing lavender on my balcony since the beginning of summer, and it’s just been begging to be used.  It just so happens that I love honey lavender syrup in lattes, so this one was a given.

an easy recipe for homemade honey lavender syrup. floral and rich, this syrup is perfect for coffee or cocktails.

I used to be the queen of ordering lattes.  When I order a latte, I typically pass on any added flavor.  A plain latte would account for 90% of my orders, as I’m pretty basic.  However, for flavor and sweetness, I have always added a touch of honey.  It’s rich in flavor, and doesn’t leave a weird aftertaste like many sweeteners.

easy lavender syrup with honey and dried lavender

Last year, I started working at a hotel in downtown KC.  One of the departments I helped oversee was the coffee shop.  As a very devoted coffee fiend, my coffee needs were met (and exceeded) on a daily basis.  I learned a lot about how to make all of the coffee drinks, and  I am super thankful for that knowledge.  I’m also thankful for being introduced to so many flavor variations that I never would have tried otherwise!

As it turns out, one of my favorite humans on Earth worked here.  Within my first week of employment, she was offering me all kinds of amazing flavor combinations and coffee products.  Upon this free-for-all week of flavor discoveries, I found my one true flavor love : lavender.  SO, now, if I’m really feeling like treating myself, I’ll add lavender syrup to my coffee shop order. 🙂  Lavender isn’t too sweet, and it has this gorgeous, floral flavor that is unparalleled.  

an easy recipe for homemade honey lavender syrup. floral and rich, this syrup is perfect for coffee or cocktails.

I’ve made honey simple syrup all summer long; and it’s sooo good in the cocktails I’ve created.  There’s a solid variety of said cocktails, and you should totally snag one of these recipes to make this weekend!

grilled peaches + bourbon

blueberry cilantro margaritas

blackberry, sage + grapefruit mocktails (if you’re not imbibing!) 🙂 

cucumber mojitos 

BUT!  This honey simple syrup has lavender steeped into it.  Seriously.  Your morning coffee has a new BFF, and it’s never looking back.

honey lavender syrup recipe

My brother, Nick, moved out here about a month ago, and we are both REALLY into coffee.  The coffee shop options are a bit limited out here, but we found this local roasting place that makes a killer Snickerdoodle roasted blend.  After Nick bought a pound of beans, we came straight home to make this syrup.  No joke, he has used this syrup in his freshly ground Snickerdoodle blend every day since then.  Not kidding.  Not even a little.

I used the lavender leaves from my urban garden, as my little (well, not so little anymore…) plants didn’t bloom this year.  But the flavor from the leaves was PERFECT.  So make use of some little lavender leaves somewhere, and treat yourself to a seriously beautiful morning coffee.

Cheers!

xx Sara

an easy recipe for homemade honey lavender syrup. floral and rich, this syrup is perfect for coffee or cocktails.
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honey lavender syrup

floral + rich lavender honey syrup is the perfect addition to your morning coffee routine! treat yourself to decadence at home.
Prep Time5 mins
steep1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey lavender syrup, lavender honey syrup
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 20kcal
Author: sara a.
Cost: $2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lavender leaves OR dried lavender buds

Instructions

  • Heat water in a small saucepan until hot, but not boiling. Add honey and lavender leaves (or buds), and stir until honey is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat, and let steep for one hour. Stir every fifteen minutes or so to recombine the lavender into the liquid.
  • Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve, and into an airtight container. Press down on the lavender in the fine mesh sieve to squeeze more flavor into the syrup. Discard lavender.
  • Use for coffee or cocktails (or whatever you please!), and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Notes

Alternatively, you can combine honey and lavender in a jar, then pour in the hot water.  Seal tightly with a lid, then shake until the water and honey have combined (it will be a little foamy on top).  Let the lavender steep for an hour, shaking every 15 minutes or so. Strain the syrup and discard the lavender.
(This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of syrup)

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp. | Calories: 20kcal
honey lavender syrup :: small batch
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    • Melissa
    • September 16, 2020
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    4 stars
    I have yet to mix it into my latte (b/c it’s 5 pm) but can already tell this recipe will be perfect! It smells lovely and the lavender is not too over-bearing. I made another batch this morning using 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar and 1/4 cup lavender buds, per the recipe. It was so powerful that after only 1 sip of coffee I can still taste the lavender hours later. I had to toss the cup, it was too much. Looking forward to my iced lavender latte tomorrow! Also, I always find that mesquite honey is a lot more mild. Anytime I’ve used clover honey with cooking it’s all I could taste. Thanks again!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful comment, Melissa! I’m so excited to hear how your iced lavender latte is this morning! I completely agree that the taste of lavender needs to be prominent, but I also don’t enjoy it when it’s too overwhelming. I also love your note on the honey – I used clover honey for a test batch of this syrup, and definitely found it to be too powerful. The mesquite honey is MUCH better to use with the syrup, and allows the lavender notes come through in a subtle, delicious way. I should add a note of this to the recipe! Thank you again, and let me know how your latte turned out!

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