Lavender and Mint Simple Syrups

I’ll admit that like everybody else, I can get caught up in trends every once in awhile. Okay maybe more than every once in awhile, but I like trying new things, and variety is the spice of life right?

So, I’m saying it loud and clear for all to hear… I’M SO INTO SIMPLE SYRUPS RIGHT NOW. I am fully aware that making simple syrups is not a new concept, but I never really understood how easy they are and how much they add to culinary experience. I am also fully aware that you can buy simple syrups already made, but then this wouldn’t be a blog called “Artful Living” if we didn’t do it the more time-consuming way right?

I really have to credit my Dad, as he was the one who sent me home with lavender and said, “MAKE THIS.” So, I did. And I thought I would share my experience in the hopes that others will get on board the simple syrup train with me.

I made lavender and mint syrups, but the recipe is the same for both!

***I would like to point out that if you’re using lavender, make sure it’s the good quality, culinary kind – you should be able to find it in the grocery.

Makes about a cup

1 cup water                        

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp. desired herb or spice 

1.) Put water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add in sugar and herb/spice and boil for about 2 minutes. Stir occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved.

2.) Remove the mixture from the heat and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Strain out the herbs/spices and store in an air-tight container in the fridge. (It lasts about 2 weeks.)

And that’s it! The color of both syrups came out almost the same, so I labeled my jars to differentiate. But I could have put in a drop of green food coloring for the mint and a bit of red and blue food coloring to make the lavender purple!

I’m really excited to make this Lavender Lemonade and this Cucumber Mint Soda





One thought on “Lavender and Mint Simple Syrups

  1. I’ve made the plain before but not flavored. I love mint in iced tea though so I’ll have to try the mint version.

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