Lavender Spritzer

And so begins the quest for refreshing summer drinks…

I drink about a cup of lavender tea each day during the winter months.  Lavender has one of those distinctive tastes that you either love or hate.  I can see how some people could be put off by it.  It can be over powering and slightly medicinal if you are not careful.  I tend to find it soothing when judiciously used.  Here is an attempt to revamp my winter pallet for the warmer summer months.

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Lavender Non-Alcoholic Spritzer

  • Glass of Ice
  • 1-2 tbsp Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 12 fl oz of Sparkling Water or Seltzer (You can use unflavored varieties or experiment with your favorite seltzer flavors. Currently, I am slightly obsessed with coconut flavored seltzer.)
  • a squeeze of Lime
  • a Lavender sprig for garnish
  1. Pour the simple syrup and seltzer over the ice.
  2. Squeeze in a little lime juice.
  3. Give it a gentle stir.
  4. Garnish with lavender, and enjoy.

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Lavender Wine Spritzer

  • 1-2 tbsp Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 6 fl oz of a dry white Wine
  • 4 fl oz of unflavored Sparkling Water or Seltzer
  • a Lavender sprig for garnish
  1. Pour the simple syrup and wine into a glass.
  2. Give it a gentle stir.
  3. Top it off with the seltzer, and another gentle stir.
  4. Garnish with lavender, and enjoy.

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Lavender Simple Syrup

Recipe makes 1 pint.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • several sprigs of fresh Lavender

Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar, water, and lavender in a sauce pan.
  2. Bring it to a soft boil, and gently boil the syrup until all of the sugar has melted.
  3. Pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle, and let it cool.

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