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Lavender Syrup

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With its light and lovely floral flavor, this sweet lavender syrup adds an elegant touch to cakes, cocktails, and more. Drizzle it into drinks or onto a special dessert to quickly and easily elevate a recipe.

Our lavender simple syrup is made with only three ingredients and can be easily stored for whenever you’d like a touch of that sweet, earthy flavor!

Lavender syrup in a bottle next to lavender buds.

What Does Lavender Taste Like?

If you’ve never incorporated lavender into your cooking or baking, our lavender syrup recipe is a great place to start! Lavender has a lovely taste that is often described as floral, earthy, and sweet.

It’s a nice addition to your flavor repertoire and works especially well with dessert recipes (although this Lavender Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb is also divine!).

We like to pair this lavender syrup with our Lemon Lavender Cake, but there are many other ways to enjoy it!

A few lavender recipes we love:

Let’s Make Lavender Syrup:

Lavender’s floral flavor pairs well when it’s light and barely there, as opposed to a strong taste of lavender that can be quite intense.

The trick to using lavender (and making this lavender syrup), is to pay attention to how long the lavender buds steep in the syrup. If they steep too long, the lavender flavor will become too strong and will likely overpower your recipes.

Ingredients for lavender syrup:

This lavender syrup recipe is essentially a simple syrup infused with culinary lavender buds.

You will need:

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Culinary lavender buds (dried)
Ingredients used to make lavender syrup.

And that’s it! The ingredient list for this lavender simple syrup is, well, simple. Even better, the process is quite easy, too.

Our lavender syrup recipe:

  1. Bring ingredients to boil: Place the water, sugar, and lavender buds in a small saucepan, then bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  2. Simmer the simple syrup: Continue to simmer the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Let it sit: Place a lid on the pan and let the syrup sit for 10 to 15 minutes. The lavender buds infuse its flavor during this time.
  4. Strain and store: Pour the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the lavender buds (discard). Store the syrup in the fridge.

Helpful tips:

  • Use dried lavender buds for this recipe.
  • Use edible, culinary lavender. Some varieties of lavender are better suited for cosmetic uses. Another consideration is that edible lavender does not get treated with chemicals.

Collage of four photos showing the steps for making lavender syrup.

How to use lavender syrup

Ta-da! An easy lavender syrup recipe that you can use in so many ways! It adds a floral-y freshness that is reminiscent of summertime. And if you’re in need of some inspiration, here are a few ways to make the most of this lavender simple syrup:

  • Drizzle the syrup on top of a slice of a lemon-y sweet, like this beautiful Lemon Bundt Cake.
  • Pour a bit of the lavender simple syrup into a warm cup of tea or a light and refreshing cocktail for a unique and tasty beverage. Try our lavender tea!
  • Serve a little lavender syrup alongside a mid-day snack like these Lemon Buttermilk Scones.
  • Make this lovely Lemon Lavender Cake for a delicious combination of textures and flavors.

Notice a pattern here? Lemon and lavender are a match made in heaven and we can’t get enough of it! We know you’ll love it too. 🙂

p.s. If you love lavender as much as we do, here’s a fun post we created about the Sequim Lavender Festival, which occurs at the beginning of lavender harvest. It’s the largest lavender festival in the country and celebrates all things lavender! Check it out!

Culinary lavender buds and lavender syrup in a bottle.

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Lavender syrup in a bottle next to lavender buds.

Lavender Syrup

Lavender syrup is perfect for drizzling on cakes and in drinks. It leaves a lovely floral flavor and scent that elevates desserts and cocktails. The longer you steep the lavender buds in the syrup, the stronger the lavender flavor. Don't leave it steeping for too long or the lavender will over-power your recipes.
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 49kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender buds


  • Place the sugar, water, and lavender buds in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir once or twice to distribute the heat evenly then stop stirring. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes then remove the pan from the heat.
  • Place a lid on the pot and let the syrup sit for 10 to 15 minutes to infuse the lavender flavor. 
  • Pour the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and toss the lavender buds out.
  • Store the lavender syrup in the fridge.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 12g

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Paola S.

Monday 27th of September 2021

Hi! Should I stir the sugar, water and lavender when placed in the small sauce pan or should I not touch them? Thanks!

Dahn Boquist

Monday 27th of September 2021

You can stir it once or twice to make sure the heat is distributed evenly but you don't want to stir it too much or it can create sugar crystals. Thanks for the question, I will clarify it in the recipe card.

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