Honey Lavender Simple Syrup

This homemade honey lavender simple syrup is sweet and flavorful with a delicate lavender flavor. It’s perfect for adding to cocktails and mocktails.

A simple syrup is exactly what it sounds like – Simple, and it’s a syrup. It’s made of a mixture of water and sugar and, in this case, the addition of lavender and honey.

Honey is a beautiful addition to the floral flavor of lavender. The more floral the honey is, the more those accents will complement the lavender.

This honey lavender simple syrup is perfect for making purple mocktails and cocktails such as a Lavender Bee’s Knees or Lavender Martini.

Ingredients

Find the simple ingredients for this honey lavender simple syrup recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a rundown of what you will need.

  • Fresh lavender blossoms or dried lavender buds. This recipe works well with fresh lavender flowers or culinary-grade lavender buds. You can technically use any lavender variety, as they are all edible. However, English lavender is known as culinary lavender, as it has the best flavor for cooking. 
  • Honey. Any kind of honey can be used but a raw honey will bring out the sweet floral notes in the lavender.
  • White sugar. Granulated cane sugar. You could use raw sugar or pure cane sugar but avoid light brown sugar, which will change the flavor. The amount of sugar is large but remember; it’s syrup and meant to be sweet.
  • Purple food dye – This gives the syrup the lavender color to be used in cocktails and mocktails. This is optional.
  • Lemon juice. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice enhances the lavender flavor and helps balance the sweetness. You could use lime juice too.
  • Water.

See the recipe card for quantities.

A simple syrup

The sugar-to-water ratio in simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar. This recipe uses both sugar and honey as the sweetener.

This is often measured in volume – 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water. Volume is less consistent than measuring in weight (there is 40g more water than sugar in a cup), but it doesn’t make much difference in a recipe like this.

Equipment

  • Small saucepan
  • Muslin cloth or fine mesh strainer
  • Glass bowl
  • Glass jar

Instructions

Here’s how to make honey lavender syrup.

honey lavender syrup being made in a small saucepan with honey being drizzled over sugar.

In a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice, sugar, honey and water.

Place the saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture starts simmering and the honey and sugar dissolves.

honey lavender syrup being made in a small saucepan.

Take it off the heat and add in the lavender buds or flowers. Let these steep in the syrup for around 2 hours.

Once it has cooled, balance a fine-mesh strainer and cloth over a bowl and tip in the honey lavender simple syrup.

small glass bottle of honey lavender syrup with lavender and next to it.

Add purple food coloring and mix it in. Or, forgo the food coloring to have a more golden honey syrup color.

Pour the honey lavender simple syrup into a clean glass jar or another airtight container.

Leftover syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

small glass bottle of honey lavender syrup with lavender and next to it.

Variations

Flavored simple syrup can be made with various fruits, spices, and herbs!

Ways to this homemade syrup

  • In a summer cocktail or mixed drinks: honey lavender simple syrup can be used to sweeten and flavor the perfect cocktail or mocktail. Use it to make honey lavender lemonade, iced tea, honey lavender margarita (with plenty of ice), or even a delicious martini too.
  • In smoothies: Add a bit of honey lavender simple syrup to your favorite smoothie for a sweet fresh flavor.
  • It’s a bit runny to add to ice cream, but it’s excellent in a snow cone!
  • Simple syrup can also brush on cake layers to keep them moist.

Storage

Simple syrup like this can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

The syrup can be frozen for up to 3 months for long-term storage.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Lavender Honey Syrup

small glass bottle of honey lavender syrup with lavender and honey utensil next to it.

This homemade honey lavender simple syrup is sweet and flavorful with a delicate lavender flavor. It's perfect for adding to cocktails and mocktails.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water + 2 Tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 10-12 fresh lavender blossoms or 2 1/2 Tablespoons culinary dried lavender
  • Purple food dye (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice, sugar, honey and water.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture starts simmering and the honey and sugar dissolve.
  3. Take it off the heat and add lavender buds or flowers. Let these steep in the syrup for around 2 hours.
  4. Once it has cooled, balance a fine-mesh strainer and cloth over a bowl and tip in the honey lavender simple syrup.
  5. Add a tiny bit of purple food coloring and mix it in. Or, forgo the food coloring to have a more golden honey syrup color.
  6. Pour the honey lavender simple syrup into a clean glass jar or another airtight container.
  7. Leftover syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

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