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Lavender syrup is a boon for those of us who drink. Drink either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. You can buy lavender syrup — Monin makes a fine product — but there really is nothing better than homemade. With no chemicals, no preservatives. The recipe is below and it takes just minutes.

You can buy lavender blooms for the recipe. Suzi and I grow a patch of lavender — abut 10 square feet — that keeps us supplied for a good part of the year. And, and, it makes the bees happy.

Now, with the syrup in your refrigerator, when can you do with it. Well, you’ll find a garden of ideas by googling “cocktails with lavender syrup.” You’ll find a lavender version of the classic Bee’s Knees and many, many ideas from Monin.

Suzi and I use the syrup to rev up our lemonade. A shot of that syrup in a glass of lemonade elevates the beverage to new heights.

Have fun experimenting!

Homemade Lavender Syrup

Yield: 2 cups


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups syrups
  • ½ cup lavender blooms


Put the water and sugar in a saucepan. Turn on the heat and begin to stir with a spoon. Using medium heat, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the lavender blooms. Simmer for 2-4 minutes, then turn off the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature. Strain out the lavender and refrigerate the syrup.

Source: Brian O’Rourke

Photo Information: Canon T2i, EFS 60mm Macro Lens, F/5 for 1/40th second at ISO‑3200