Lavender-infused syrup is a unique flavor used in countless recipes, from modern cocktails to sweet cookies and aromatic coffees–but this simple syrup is also usually heavy in calories, carbs, and sugar, which is less than ideal for a healthy lifestyle.
Our hugely popular Suga r-Free Blueberry Lavender Syrup combines these two classic tastes in a lightly sweet syrup without any of the sugar content that can be detrimental to our well-being.
Many are unsure where to buy lavender simple syrup or how to use this ingredient to enhance the flavor of their food and drinks, so we'll share some ideas for straightforward recipes starring lavender as the main attraction!
Is Lavender Simple Syrup Healthy?
Unfortunately, simple syrup isn't particularly healthy because it is made with lots of sugar dissolved into water to create a thicker texture. We created our skinny syrup alternative to bring the taste and essence of lavender to your drinks and desserts, minus the side effects of indulging in a little too much of the sweet stuff!
A typical serving of store-bought lavender simple syrup contains ninety calories, twenty-three grams of sugar, and twenty-three grams of carbs. That would account for around 50% of your daily carb allowance if you’re following a keto diet as your New Year's resolution.
How Do You Order a Lavender Drink at Starbucks?
The lavender Starbucks drink went viral recently, partly because it's not something you'll find on any menu! It is pale purple and made with passion iced tea, soy milk, and vanilla syrup with a fruity garnish of blueberries and blackberries.
You might instantly notice that, despite the name, the drink doesn't contain any lavender! It's called a ‘lavender’ drink because of the delicate purple color, but it is more like a fruit tea–much to the disappointment of Teavana fans who had expected a delicious lavender-infused beverage.
How Many Calories Are in a Starbucks Lavender Drink?
Although lavender is a healthy, beneficial ingredient often used in aromatherapy for relaxation and stress relief, the Starbucks version isn't quite so saintly, and it doesn’t include any lavender whatsoever.
One cup will set you back 110 calories and twenty-two grams of carbs because of the syrup used in the recipe.
Does Starbucks Have a Drink With Actual Lavender?
Yes–if you’re looking for an authentic lavender drink, you can order lavender tea with a citrus blend and a minty undertone. This tea is packaged, and you can buy it in most stores.
Another option is a lavender latte, which uses a lavender simple syrup. Be mindful of how many you drink, though, as this smooth, warm drink is also laden with surprisingly high calories! If you’re aiming to be healthier or want to replace the syrup with a sugar-free alternative, the recipes below show you how to whip up tasty lavender drink ideas that are diet-friendly.
Low-Calorie Lavender Recipe Ideas
Our skinny Blueberry Lavender Syrup is easy to use, with just the right balance of lavender and blueberry for a smooth, sweet taste that works with many ingredients.
Some of our favorite creations include:
- Lavender and chamomile tea–adding a serving of our sugar-free syrup to freshly brewed tea or mixing with chilled tea, mint, and ice
- Lavender lemonade–a tasty mocktail that calls for sparkling water, Blueberry Lavender Syrup, and squeezed lemon juice for a super healthy, low-calorie beverage
- Lavender latte–pouring frothed oat milk over a rich cup of coffee infused with our lavender syrup for a creamy, warming cup
Lavender is also a great ingredient for a sophisticated cocktail and is perfect with clear spirits that complement the sweetness of the syrup and create a pale lilac color that looks beautiful.
A lavender gin spritz is a classic cocktail with a modern twist, made with gin, sugar-free Blueberry Lavender Syrup, slimline tonic, lemonade, or soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon or even a sprinkle of lavender flowers for special occasions!