Coffee syrups are usually flavored with fruits or spices. While we love all those classic coffee syrup flavors, we also love new and interesting ways to flavor our coffee. Which is why we are pretty excited that herbs are starting to make their way onto the coffee scene.
Herbs in coffee?!? You read that correctly! Herbs can be super tasty in coffee. This is especially true with lavender. Lavender coffee is our new favorite morning drink and we are going to tell you all about how to get the flavor of lavender into your coffee. Little hint- it’s all about the lavender simple syrup.
Lavender is an aromatic shrub that grows beautiful, edible, purple flowers. It is actually part of the mint family. It has been used to flavor perfumes and to make medicine for centuries. It is also a popular herb, adding a nice floral flavor to foods.
Lavender is most often sold dried. It is easy to preserve by simply drying out the flowers and saving them in an airtight container. They will smell and taste fragrant for years.
We already mentioned using lavender simple syrup to flavor coffee, but there are so many other uses for it, too. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use lavender simple syrup in foods.
- Add it to tea
- Drizzle it over vanilla ice cream
- Spoon it over pound cake
- Add it to a mocktail
- Stir it into warm milk as a soothing night time drink
- Toss it into fruit salad
- Drizzle the syrup over a goat cheese crostini
- Mix it into your morning yogurt and granola
- Use it in place of maple syrup on your pancakes
Lavender simple syrup is such an easy way to add flavor to so many foods. The best part is that homemade syrup is also easy to make. Let us tell you all about it!
Ingredients in Lavender Simple Syrup
There are just a few ingredients you need to use in order to make perfect lavender syrup. Here is what we use to make our lavender syrup recipe.
- Sugar- Sugar is essential in simple syrup. It makes the syrup sweet and thick. Sugar also dissolves quickly into water, making the recipe nice and fast!
- Water- A little water is needed to dissolve the sugar. It also helps soften the lavender buds and get the flavor out of the flowers.
- Honey- A little honey adds another layer of rich sweetness to the syrup. Honey and lavender are also a perfect pair. Honey has a nice vanilla flavor that is super tasty.
- Dried Lavender- Try to find culinary grade dried lavender. Culinary lavender has been sifted and filtered to remove any stems or leaves from the mix. While all dried lavender is edible, culinary lavender is just a little more pure and potent. Look for lavender that is under a year old. The older it gets, the more dull it tastes.
It is insanely easy to make lavender syrup. If you know how to boil water, you can make lavender syrup! Here is what you need to do:
- Add the lavender and water to a small pot and boil.
- Add the honey and sugar and stir.
- Remove the pot from the stove, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the syrup and discard the lavender buds.
- Store the syrup in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to a month.
We like to put lavender syrup into a squeeze bottle for storage. Then, anytime you need a little syrup, you can simply squirt it right out! We told you this lavender syrup recipe was easy!
While we know our lavender syrup recipe is easy, we also know that not everyone is into making syrup. Or maybe you just are in a super big rush to have lavender syrup and don’t have the time to make it. Luckily, there are plenty of places you can buy lavender syrup instead.
The number one place we go to in order to purchase lavender syrup is online. There are tons of different brands of high quality lavender syrup. Monin and Torani are two of the biggest brands of coffee syrups and they are both quite delicious.
You can also look at local coffee shops for pre made lavender syrups. Many coffee shops will either make their own syrups or sell bottled syrup.
We hope that you give this lavender syrup recipe a try. There is nothing quite as interesting as a warm mug of lavender coffee in the morning. It will definitely liven up your regular old coffee routine!
We often have questions about recipes so we thought we would answer some questions about this recipe right away! Here are just a few of the frequently asked questions and answers to help you make perfect lavender syrup.
Can you eat lavender?
Absolutely! Lavender is totally edible. However, we like to just infuse our syrup with the flavor of lavender, straining out the buds after steeping rather than leave the lavender buds in the syrup. The dried flower buds do have a bit of a crunch that you may not necessarily enjoy in a beverage.
Does lavender syrup taste good?
We think it is pretty delicious! Lavender syrup is earthy, herbal, floral and also a little bit sweet. It is quite delicious in so many different drinks and when paired with other foods.
What is lavender syrup good for?
Lavender syrup has so many fantastic uses.It is great in coffee, poured over ice cream or stirred into yogurt. Look at our full list of lavender syrup ideas in the blog above. You may be surprised by how many tasty ways there are to use lavender syrup.
What is culinary grade lavender?
Culinary grade lavender typically means that the lavender has been sifted more thoroughly, removing any leaves and stems from the dried lavender mix. There are also several varieties of lavender that are considered to have better flavor and are used more often in culinary applications. Melissa lavender is quite peppery and potent while Buena Vista lavender is sweeter and more subtle. All lavender is edible, some just have more appealing flavors.