Garden Syrup Recipe – Capture summer scents and flavours


Here is a very simple garden syrup recipe that you can adapt to your taste and use to make the most of whatever crops you have in abundance.

This garden syrup recipe is hardly even a recipe. Just your favourite flowers/fruits/herbs with  sugar and water. But syrup like this is so tasty and useful, stores really well, and can be made more or less any time.

Making syrup is a great way to capture summer scents and flavours and they are a useful addition to drinks, desserts and cakes. You can drizzle syrup over ice cream, mix into yoghurt, milkshakes and smoothies, add to pastries, use to sweeten and flavour cocktails, stir into hot drinks, etc. Choose whatever edible flowers, fruits and herbs you prefer and play around with different combinations.

Garden Syrup Recipe:


  • Your favourite flowers/fruits/herbs (e.g. Sweet cicely, Lavender, Pineapple Weed, Rose hips, Haws, Elderberries, Sloes, Wild Strawberries, Rhubarb, Ginger, Rosemary, Mint, Basil, Thyme)
  • Equal parts sugar and water.


  1. Bring the water and sugar to the boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add your chosen flowers, fruits or herbs and simmer for 20 minutes to infuse and give the syrup its aroma and flavour.
  3. Strain the liquid into sterilised jars, seal and store.

Does anyone else make garden syrups? Any different recipes? Favourite flavours? Please share in the comments section below.

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