Sometimes after dinner, I get a hankering for a fizzy drink. I stopped drinking soda a few years ago, but every once in a while, I like to make homemade soda at home. It’s fun to come up with new flavors and varieties and be able to control what goes into it.
We often buy sparkling mineral water because it’s so refreshing on its own. But combining it with lavender simple syrup, lemon juice, and a little crushed ice makes for an incredibly thirst-quenching beverage.
How To Make Lavender Soda
Lavender isn’t just for soap and beauty products anymore. Turns out lavender might just be a veritable panacea for health issues of all kinds.
Using lavender in massage or aromatherapy has been shown to help soothe the nervous system [source], calm anxiety [source], and even ease PMS symptoms [source]. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Drinking lavender-laced concoctions might very well be a great way to relieve stress and keep the body relaxed during hectic events (I mean, when are we ever not stressed these days?), which is why I love keeping the ingredients for this lavender soda on hand and sipping it throughout the day.
I’ve included directions to make one serving at a time (because that’s how I do it at home), but it’s easy to adjust this recipe to fit the number of servings you want to make. If you plan to make a big batch, you can mix things up ahead of time and transfer it to an airtight bottle for about 1–2 days before the carbonation starts to fall flat. This DIY lavender soda is just the thing on a hot summer night.
Remember these Fruit and Herb Simple Syrups? That’s how we enjoyed them over the course of a few weeks – a make-your-own homemade soda bar. My kids were in heaven!
Lavender soda is my very favorite, so that’s what I always fall back on. It’s refreshing and tastes infinitely better than anything you’ll find in a can. The lavender buds really infuse the syrup with a lot of flavor.
I always add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime too. It needs a little acidity to balance out the syrup, but I find it also enhances the lavender flavor. SO GOOD!
Have you ever made soda at home? What’s your favorite flavor?
Refreshing Lavender Soda
- Glasses for serving
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons lavender simple syrup (see notes)
- 1–2 cups sparkling mineral water
- For each serving, fill a cup with ice, and add the lemon juice, 1–2 tablespoons of lavender simple syrup, and fill the glass with sparkling mineral water.
- Combine 1/2 cup organic evaporated cane juice and 1/2 cup water in a pan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add 2 teaspoons culinary grade, organic dried lavender.
- Let steep for 30–60 minutes, or longer, and strain into a clean jar. Store until ready to use.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
Photos by Ana-Maria Stanciu80