Cantaloupe with Lavender Syrup

Normally I just like my cantaloupe plain, but once in awhile it is nice to serve it as a light dessert.  Making a simple lavender syrup makes the cantaloupe shine.

Cantaloupe with Lavender Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar (cut back if too sweet)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white dessert wine (I used Sugar Snow made with maple syrup from Sandhill Crane’s Winery)
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried lavender buds (I used some I had just dried)
  • 1 large cantaloupe cut into cubes or use a melon baller
  • mint leaves for garnish

Bring sugar, water, wine and orange juice to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.  Remove from the heat, add the lavender buds and steep for 1 to 2 hours.  I steeped the flowers for 2 hours and the syrup was delicious.

Pour over the prepared melon and serve.

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