There’s nothing like fresh lemonade, especially in the summertime. Unless of course, you throw in a little fresh lavender. After a fun and exciting trip to the nearby lavender fields of Cherry Valley, we felt inspired enough to make a little cocktail we think you’ll love just as much as we do.
Lavender Simple Syrup
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of water
1 tbsp of fresh lavender blossoms
The juice of 1 lemon
9 oz of water
fresh sprigs of lavender for garnish
2 tbsp of Jameson whiskey
1. Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of white sugar, and 1 tbsp of fresh lavender blossoms in a small saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar disssolves.
3. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat and allow lavender blossoms to steep for 30min. For a stronger lavender taste, steep longer for at least 1 hour.
4. Using a strainer, remove lavender blossoms from the simple syrup and store in an air tight concealer, such as a mason jar.
For a virgin cocktail :
5. Expel the juice of 1 lemon into a 10 oz glass.
6. Add 2 tbsp of the lavender simple syrup and stir to mix.
7. Add add and approx 9oz of water. Garnish with fresh sprigs of lavender.
For an adult beverage :
5. Expel the juice of 1 lemon into a shaker.
6. Add 2 tbsp of the lavender simple syrup , 2 Tbsp of Jameson whiskey, ice, and approx 9 oz of water. Shake.
7. Pour into a 10 oz glass and garnish with sprigs of fresh lavender
The color of your lavender simple syrup will vary depending on lavender variety. A purple color is rarely achieved without the help of food coloring.
It is best to use fresh lavender blossoms that have been washed and free of pesticides, such as culinary lavender.
For less of a lemony flavor, dilute with more water.