I know what you’re thinking…why in the world would I need lavender syrup? Trust me, you do! A couple of weeks ago we went to the Lavender Festival in Sequim (pronounced “squim” ) on the Olympic Peninsula. Sequim is in the rain shadow of the Olympics, so they enjoy many more sunny days than we do here on the other side of Puget Sound. That’s why they can grow such wonderful lavender…it’s hot and sunny!
The day we were there, that certainly held true…we arrived around 11:00, and by noon were in desperate need of shade and refreshment. The food booths offered pretty much anything you could name, combined with lavender for the event. While the rest of my family stuck with boring Italian soda flavors (cherry, root beer, and limeade), I thought the lavender one sounded refreshing…and it was! They all tried it, and were sorry they hadn’t chosen that instead of their pedestrian flavors. Of course, they kept trying mine, and I really got to do little more than eat the ice, by the time they were done!
I thought it would be a simple enough task to find lavender syrup here in the home of coffee syrups, but it proved impossible. I did find it available to order online, but at $15 a bottle, decided I could make it myself! AFter steeping some of the lavender buds I bought at the festival in a simple syrup, I made Italian sodas for the family. They declared them as tasty if not better than the one we shared in Sequim. It’s a new family favorite with popcorn for movie night!
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons lavender buds (I used dried, but you could also use fresh)
1. Combine all in a medium saucepan over medium high heat; bring to a boil to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
3. To make Italian sodas: Fill a tall glass with ice, add 2 tablespoon of the syrup, then fill with sparkling water/club soda. Stir well to combine. If you’d like a cream soda, also add a tablespoon or two of cream. Enjoy!
You can find loads of other recipes using lavender syrup with a simple online search…I’m thinking I need to try out a lavender mojito, or perhaps a lavender, vodka, and lemonade slush!