You only need three simple ingredients and 8 minutes to make lavender syrup:
- 1 cup fine granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup dried lavender
Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil and add all ingredients. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Let cool and strain through a sieve. Syrup will keep in the refrigerator, tightly covered in a glass jar, about 2 weeks.
Invited over to a friend’s for a BBQ, I wanted to bring a little something over–as one should always do when someone has gone out of their way to host you. She is pregnant so I brought this homemade lavender syrup. Simply add to bubbly water and you have a nice mocktail. Of course, it’s also delicious added to champagne or vodka and soda water. I did a splash of lime to balance out the sweetness…. very refreshing on a hot, summer day!
I put the lavender syrup into a used mustard jar… Maille has a very solid glass jar with a plastic lid that seals. I love fancy packaging when you can re-use it. Otherwise it’s just too indulgent and very not-green.
Luckily I had some nice custom labels from Felix DooLittle that I was able to cut with biscuit cutters to cover up the Maille logo. I also had some lavender grown by the Mr.’s grandmother Habou, hand-carried from Massachusetts to Hong Kong, so I tucked that into the bow… along with a mini-spoon from my pinch, dash, smidgen measuring spoons (personally I always guess with these litte ones so I didn’t really need it anyways!) The spoons are $7.99 / 3 on amazon = $2.60. The lavender and sugar cost me about $1.40 combined. =$4 hostess gift.
I have to credit my dear friend Cynthia for the inspiration on this one. She had us girls over when I was last in S.F. and had made some which she mixed into champers and it was so delicious.