FRIDAY’S DISH: Last Kiss of Summer + Lavender


Summer, don’t go! I’m not ready for autumn yet. I have managed to find a way to keep summer going just a bit longer, with lavender simple syrup. It’s the easiest thing in the world to make and when I combine it with lemon I am instantly transported to the South of France.

What you do is heat a cup of water in a sauce pan. Turn off the heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers (I found them at my local Food Emporium grocery store in the spice aisle.) Steep them like tea for 10 minutes and strain. Add the liquid back to the saucepan along with 1 cup of sugar. Heat gently until dissolved. Now you have lavender simple syrup! Remember the syrup recipe can be increased if you’re making a lot of drinks.

I used it in these 2 applications. The Lavender Bees Knees combines my love of floral flavors with my new love of GIN! The floral notes in the gin really go well with the actual flowers. If you want to make it official, use honey instead of sugar when making the syrup.

If you’re not in need of that extra kick from the gin you can still enjoy what’s left of the warm weather by using the syrup to make Lavender Lemonade.

Lavender Bees Knees:
2 – shots of good quality gin
1 – shot of lavender syrup
Juice of half a lemon
Combine these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Put your feet up and sip. Ah, I’m relaxing already.
Tip: I put my glasses in the freezer while I’m getting the cocktail together.

Lavender Lemonade:
Juice of 1-2 lemons (I’m not that exact. How tart do you want it?)
About 1 – cup water
¼ – cup of lavender syrup

Combine the ingredients and serve over lots of ice. Garnish with a lemon. Sip and enjoy!

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