How to Make Refreshing Floral Soda

Lavender is a perfect plant. It’s fragrant, it’s beautiful, bees and hummingbirds love it, it’s drought tolerant, and best of all, it’s edible. Or, in this case, drinkable.

Every summer, author and Gardenista contributor Maria harvests a handful (or two) of lavender to make a floral soda. Here is her recipe. Photographs by Marla Aufmuth for Gardenista.

Above: According to Maria, it’s easy to make your own soda with seasonal flowers and fruits from your garden.

Above: First, harvest from five to six lavender flowers, leaving a few inches of stem with leaves on each.

Above: Next, make a simple syrup. Bring two cups of water to a boil, and add 1/2 cup of honey. (Many recipes will call for a ratio of one cup water to one cup of sugar, but Maria finds this so sweet that you only taste sugar.) Taste, and if you want it sweeter, add more honey.

Above: Add your lavender flowers to the syrup and turn off the heat. Let them steep for from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how floral you prefer your soda. Pour one or two inches of simple syrup into a glass, add ice, club soda, and a generous squeeze of lemon. Then sit back and enjoy your garden.

Looking for other simple, natural recipes? If so, check out Maria’s recipe for Rose Petal Honey and Chef A. W. Foster’s recipe for House Honey Bruschetta.


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Laurel B.
Laurel B.2 years ago

yes yes yes

Elaya Raja
Elaya Raja3 years ago

Good. Thank you.

Rin S.
Rin S.3 years ago

I'm looking forward to doing this, thank you!

Mary B.
Mary B.3 years ago

I have lavendar essensial oil. I'll try that with sweetener club soda and lemon.

Tamara Huggins
Tamara Huggins3 years ago

Sounds like a nice drink for a tea party.

Rosie Jolliffe
Rosie Lopez3 years ago

oh yum i can't wait to try it thank you!

Isabel Ramirez
Isabel Ramirez3 years ago

Sounds good:) I'm going to have to try this!

Geela Green
Geela Green3 years ago

Hmmmmmmmm. Thank you.

Kirsten B.
Kirsten B.3 years ago

Looks delicious. Does it work with dried lavender flowers too?

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago

sounds great