With our lavender crop waning and cool-season veggies coming in, I find myself missing the lavender field. The huge expanse of purple is always so striking when the plants are in full bloom, and as you can imagine, the scent is calming and restorative.
This year, I decided to add lavender stem to our lavender tea, instead of just using the flowers. Making for an excellent, well-rounded taste and fragrance. Try our recipe below in a cocktail, Italian soda, or any afternoon drink you prefer.
Lavender Simple Syrup
2 tbs of dried Lavender (more or less to taste)
2 cups fresh water
1 cup Half Moon Honey
Bring water to boil, remove from heat. Add the dried Lavender to the pot and steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain tea into jar. Add 1 cup of tea and the cup of honey into a pot and stir mixture together over medium heat. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and gently stir for about 3 minutes. Pour into a jar that seals tightly and the syrup should last about a month refrigerated. You can sip on the leftover tea while you make this!
Lavender Gin and Tonic
1/8 to 1/4 Shot Lavender Simple Syrup
1 Shot Gin
1/2 Lemon (about 1 tbs Lemon Juice)
Lemon Slice for garnish (optional)
Add Lavender Simple Syrup, Gin, and lemon juice to shaker with ice and strain over ice in a glass. Top with tonic water, add more Lavender Simple Syrup to taste, garnish with a lemon.
Want it to be a mocktail? Just omit the gin!
Lavender Simple Syrup Champagne Cocktails *two ways
1/8 to 1/4 shot of Lavender Simple Syrup
Add Lavender Simple Syrup to glass with ice and top with either sparkling Rose or Champagne. Add more syrup if needed.
Use soda water to make a Lavender Spritzer