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Infusing Sugar


I love the idea of infusing sugar! The wonderful uses of infused sugars are endless. You can use the citrus or lavender sugar in a poundcake or sugar cookie recipe to add a hint of flavor or simply place a teaspoon in your coffee (think espresso bean-infused!) or when mixing a cocktail. It can also be used to garnish the glass rim of some fresh squeezed lemonade or another delicious drink! The sugars make wonderful gifts and for a special touch, attach your favorite recipe that the sugar would compliment. Any type of citrus zest, vanilla bean or herb will work perfectly. Read below to find the secret to infusing sugar ; )

Sugar, citrus fruit, glass container with seal, a zest and ribbon or twine to garnish.

1. Zest the fruit you want to use to give your sugar a touch of flavor. Leave it out overnight to dry COMPLETELY, especially if you’re using fruit!
2. Layer the sugar and the zest in a glass container. When you reach the top add some extra zest for color.
3. Let the sugar sit for at least one week before you use or hand them out as favors. This will give the sugar optimal flavor!
4. If you use lavender or espresso beans you can remove them by straining the infused sugar into a separate bowl before using it in a recipe or coffee. Or you can grind the beans and lavender to a super fine consistency and leave them in the sugar!

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29 responses to Infusing Sugar

  1. June 9, 2011

    Eden…I love this post…I have been thinking
    of infusing sugars for a while now…your chic
    post was appropriatly timed and lit a fire under me! You have a charmed blog!

  2. June 9, 2011

    I’ve never had infused sugar, but these beautiful pictures are very inspiring to try. Or even just make it becuase it looks so pretty!

  3. June 9, 2011

    i have never done that, but it looks beautiful..i may just have to give em a try!!


  4. June 10, 2011

    Your site is always chalked full of the best pics 😉 I love visiting your blog Eden!

  5. I’ve got some lavender at home right now just BEGGING to be made into lavender-infused sugar that I can add to my morning tea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. June 13, 2011

    Me again! I just selected you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. Check out my post for details 😉


  7. June 14, 2011

    Ooh, yum. I was just laying in bed this morning, looking at the dried lavender in my window from last year, thinking this year I’ve got to do something more useful with it!

  8. November 21, 2011

    I love this post. I have featured it on NZ Ecochick. Please view my post on: Feel free to grab my featured on button. Thanks for the great idea. I can’t wait to make some.

  9. Joi
    December 20, 2011

    Could you please tell me where you got the jars from??

  10. December 22, 2011

    I’ve seen them at Michael’s Arts and Crafts.

  11. Anonymous
    June 10, 2012

    I am thinking of doing these as wedding favors. Glass Ball Mason jars are a bit cheaper than the jars pictured here. Do you think that would work and do you need to sterilize the jars first?


  12. Mariana
    June 29, 2012

    Adorei a sugestão e o blog. Parabéns!
    Mariana Pereira (Brasil)

  13. November 19, 2012

    Could you tell me approx. how many coffee beans you would use (I plan on grinding it fine and leaving it in the sugar) per cup of sugar. These would make the perfect gift! Thanks!

    1. November 19, 2012

      Hi! I actually didn’t make one with coffee beans… It was just an idea and I think it would be awesome! I would just grind the beans and then place a layer on top of the sugar, like the pictures above. I don’t think you need to measure. Have fun!

  14. heidi
    May 2, 2013

    This is such a good idea. Where did you get the jars from?

  15. Jillian
    May 15, 2013

    This is such a cool idea!! Will the sugar go bad sooner?

  16. Fran DeWitte
    September 19, 2013

    Thanks for the great idea. This is the first year I have my own lavender to harvest so it will be fun to make my own infused lavender sugar.
    Have a great day!

    1. Eden
      September 19, 2013

      You will love it!!! I absolutely love my lavender plant outside! And I have some sugar that’s been infusing for the past month. It smells incredible 🙂

  17. Joanna
    January 2, 2014

    Would you mind telling me where you bought the jars and what size they are? thanks!

  18. Sav
    March 3, 2014

    I love this idea and am planning on making lavender infused sugar for my upcoming wedding. Can you please tell me where you purchased these jars and what size the jars are? Thanks so much!

  19. Leslie
    September 12, 2014

    Where do you get the cute glass jars? Thanks!

  20. December 15, 2014

    I’m preparing a post on home made Xmas presents and I would like very much to have this suggestion of your shared on my post. Can I have a foto and the link to your post on Girls Just Like Us.
    Thank you,

  21. nicki
    December 18, 2014

    fab little site thankyou

  22. Mariah
    April 12, 2015

    Do you think this would work well to make into a sugar scrubs?

    1. Eden
      April 13, 2015

      Hi Mariah! I think infusing the sugar before making a sugar scrub would work great!

  23. Lisa
    October 4, 2017

    This will be awesome for upcoming Yule gifts

  24. December 5, 2017

    Thanks for the great idea.

  25. Maurita
    February 4, 2018

    I was wondering how you could infuse a juice to the sugar. I grow passion fruit and scoop out the pulp to make the juice there is no way to “zest” a passion fruit
    I would love any thoughts on this Thank you!

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