I’m a straight up and neat kinda girl most of the time. Especially when it comes to bourbon . Occasionally, I get a craving for something a little sweet. On this particularly warm evening, while grilling up some seafood, I had a craving for something different.
A great mix in for your favorite cocktail
1/2 C turbinado sugar
1 C water
1 T dried lavender
- Place all ingredients in a 1 quart sauce pan
- Bring ingredients to a boil
- Simmer for 2 minutes
- Strain and use in your favorite cocktail
This is a delightfully simple syrup that is quick and easy to make. I found the recipe at http://www.marthastewart.com/315241/lavender-syrup and as of yet haven’t strayed from Martha’s expert advice on this one, with the exception of sugar in the raw vs. white sugar. I’m sure eventually I’ll make it with vanilla (I was out) or some other lovely extract and see what that adds to the drink.
The inspiration came from Stanbury. One of my dinner companions ordered their lavender gin and tonic. After we left, he asked me how hard that would be to replicate, so I looked into it.
I have now used it in the following 3 Ways:
1. Lavender Blackberry Vodka Tonic (3 oz vodka, 4 blackberries, 1 oz syrup. Shake to combine, pour over ice then top with soda)
2. Lavender Blackberry Bourbon Fizz http://www.interpretasyoumay.com/2013/03/blackberry-lavender-bourbon-fizz.html
3. As a lovely addition to Sangria (see my sangria recipe)
Here’s how you do it:
Place all ingredients into a 1 quart sauce pan.
Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
Let the mixture cool to room temperature then use in your favorite cocktails!
Give it a try! Let me know what you mix with yours.