Lavender-Honey Simple Syrup

May 16, 2014

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I think there are some flavors you have to come to terms with on your own. Most people I know are like that with coffee, wine, beer, black licorice… You witness other people enjoying these things, and you listen to them deliberate over such things as the notes of citrus or the subtle hints of pine, but when you attempt to experience such pleasures yourself, you find the taste unpleasant and abrasive. At first, anyway.

People don't usually call it quits after the first try, though. They seem to come back to it again and again until something finally clicks. For me, this moment usually comes from a dish that's well prepared, but I think a lot of it also has to do with the setting I'm in and the company I'm surrounded by.

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It may seem a little strange that we might force ourselves to acquire a taste for something when we clearly don’t take to right away, but part of the joy in eating and drinking is the opportunity to give your taste buds a new experience. And when so many of us associate tastes and smells with memory and emotion, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

I’m bringing all this up because, for me, lavender was always one of those smells - those flavors - that I just didn’t get. I associated it more with bath and body products, but I was never fond of the smell. Instead of feeling soothed and relaxed, the scent would overwhelm me and trigger headaches. I realize now that I was probably smelling artificial scents.

Years later, I’m finally coming around to lavender in small doses. I really enjoy the smell in my shower when it’s subtle, and I even enjoy the flavor, too. Especially with honey, like in this lavender-honey simple syrup recipe. You can pour some in your lemonade, London Fog, or a tall glass of unflavored soda water. It's delicious.

Lavender-Honey Simple Syrup
Recipe adapted from LolaZabeth.com.

1 cup honey
1 cup water
1/2 cup natural cane sugar
2 tablespoons dried or fresh organic lavender flowers

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Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, and place on the stove over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for ten minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool for five minutes. Strain syrup into a clean glass jar, and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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This stuff also makes really great wedding favors. Enjoy.

5 comments:

  1. Yum, that looks nice! I do agree about not 'getting' why everyone is so into lavender. I have always preferred citrusy smells, in food as well as bath and body products.I might give the syrup a try though :)

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    1. Yeah, I think the scent is just a little too strong for me in most cases. I don't think I'd even like this syrup if it was made with only sugar. There's something about the florals in honey that balance it out for me I think.

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  2. Lavender was always a headache smell for me too. I love the simple syrup in soda water, but I think it tasted best when it was used sparingly. The lavender gave the syrup a very pretty color!

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    1. True! It might be the prettiest beverage I've consumed all year. Or maybe it was those margaritas we had two weeks ago... Tough choice.

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