This syrup is very simple to make and can be used with cocktails and delicious summer drinks — try a few spoonfuls in a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade for a dash of sweetness and flowery flavor. Or enjoy it drizzled over ice cream or a nice warm pound cake. I have also heard that a spoonful before bed helps you to relax and sleep without the need of prescriptions or medicines. If you have trouble sleeping — or maybe just need to mellow out after a long day — try a spoonful of this syrup, by itself or in a drink or dessert.
1 cup lavender flowers
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
Bring the flowers and water to a boil in a pot, and allow to simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Strain the flowers out of the pan (a slotted spoon works well for fresh flowers, but if you use dried flowers you may want to strain this through a cheesecloth or jelly bag to get all the buds out) and add sugar. Simmer over medium high heat until the mixture reaches a syrup-like consistency (about 10-12 minutes). Allow to cool completely before putting it into a storage container (I bought a syrup bottle and made the project into an homage to my favorite hip-hop group). If you decide to can them, use a pressure canner to seal the jars.