Lavender Syrup: 5 Alcohol Pairings to Use With This Floral Flavor

A new drink staple, lavender syrup is popping up more and more at coffee shops and bars. People have figured out how to infuse this floral flavor into a variety of drinks. When combined with cane sugar or coconut sugar to make a simple syrup, it acts as a great sweetener for all types of drinks and can easily replace vanilla syrup or white sugar as your sweetener of choice.

Contrary to its name, lavender syrup is not actually made with fresh lavender. It's actually a lavender simple syrup, made by simmering 1 cup water, 1 tbsp. lavender buds, and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. After straining the liquid through a mesh strainer, you have your syrup. This easy lavender simple syrup recipe is the perfect DIY to do at home. If you're a gardener, you can even use your own lavender, but make sure you're using the lavender flower bud. Once it's made, you can store it in an airtight container or glass bottle in the fridge.

If you're looking to use this in non alcoholic beverages, you can add it to coffee drinks and mocktails. We suggest a lavender latte, lemon lavender iced tea, or lavender lemonade.

If you don't feel like making your own syrup, you can buy it premade on Amazon.

Check out our list of 5 great cocktails using lavender syrup.

1. Lavender Martini

Lavender and vodka are a match made in heaven. The addition of lemon juice gives the perfect pop of acidity. This cocktail tastes as good as it looks.

Find the recipe here.

2. Lavender Lemonade Mojitos

The best part of this drink is the homemade lemonade, as well as the homemade lavender syrup. For the homemade syrup you'll need culinary lavender, which is just a fancy way of saying the type of lavender. You'll also need rum, mint and lemon juice. When all these ingredients combine, it'll transport you right back to vacation.

Find the recipe here.

3. Lavender Margarita

This refreshing cocktail puts a spin on the classic margarita by using lavender syrup in place of Cointreau. For a strong lavender flavor, they suggest adding 3 tbsp. of syrup.

Find the recipe here.

4. Lavender Bee's Knees

This prohibition era cocktail gets an upgrade with honey lavender simple syrup. The honey helps to hide the gin flavor, so be careful when drinking this smooth cocktail.

Find the recipe here.

5. Blueberry Lavender Spritzer

Nothing says summer like this fruity, vodka spritzer. Blueberries and lavender pair well with one another, and the addition of vodka never hurt anything.

Find the recipe here.

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