A reader has requested a recipe for lavender syrup, and I'm happy to oblige.
It's a timely request, actually. Spring is ice tea season, and lavender syrup is a delicious accompaniment to your favorite brew. It adds sweetness and a subtle floral aroma you'll enjoy. Lavender syrup is also an interesting addition to sweet alcoholic beverages.
The recipe is really simple:
Recipe for Lavender Syrup
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 4 tablespoons of fresh lavender buds (about 2 tablespoons dry)
Heat all ingredients in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Strain warm syrup through three layers of cheesecloth.
Keep the syrup refrigerated. It should last a couple of weeks in the fridge.
The recipe can be doubled, and you can easily freeze a batch to use later.
I like to freeze single servings in ice cube trays and then transfer them to freezer bags. They're little lavender sugar cubes on ice.
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