A refreshing drink you make using fresh lemon juice and lavender flowers. The club soda makes it a little bubbly and quite tasty. See also my recipe Lemonade Scented With Lavender.
Lavender Lemon Simple Syrup
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon zest
- 1 tbsp. dried lavender flowers (I dried some from last summer)
In a large saucepan (I like to use my copper pan), combine water and sugar over medium-high heat; stir until the sugar dissolves. Add lemon zest and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add lavender. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain syrup, discarding solids and cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Lavender Lemon Spritzer
- 1 cup simple syrup
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups club soda, chilled
- garnish with lemon slices, fresh lavender sprigs or flower shaped pansy ice cubes
Just before serving, gently stir in club soda. Make some pansy ice cubes or see my post Kitchen Gadgets – Ice Cubes with a Slice of Lemon.
As it is only early May I have no lavender sprigs yet. I always cut my plants back hard in April (in Michigan) as lavender has a tendency to get woody. Do not be afraid to do this; the plants will look like they are dead, but have no fear, all of a sudden tons of new shoots appear! See how the plants are filling out below (border around the herb bed). A couple of them on the left got damaged by my snow plow guy – you know how guys are with their big trucks!!! Gene loved his 🙂