A Lemon Lavender Spring Sipper
There is a saying in the wine world: it takes a lot of great beer to make great wine. As a harvest widow, I can attest that there is some truth here. However, in my world, I say that it also takes a great cocktail to make a great website. Just trust me on this one.
Since springtime is upon us and we have been enjoying some glorious sunshine, I’m sharing my go-to spring (and summer) drink of choice: a little lemon and lavender gin number that is incredibly delightful. Pro tip: make a large batch of the simple syrup and keep a jar in the fridge at the ready.
Meyer Lemon-Lavender Gin Spritz
For the lavender simple syrup:
- 1¼ cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 small bunch of lavender (the whole thing– buds, stems and leaves; I suppose you could use culinary lavender but I haven’t ever tried. We were lucky enough to have a never-ending resource at my parents’ old house.)
For each cocktail:
- ice (crushed if possible; it’s really the best kind)
- 1 part lavender simple syrup
- 1 part Meyer lemon juice
- 2 parts gin (we like St. George Spirits, but you do you)
- lemon bubbly water (like La Croix or similar)
For the simple syrup, bring the water, sugar and lavender to a boil over high heat. Cover pot and remove from heat to steep for at least 20 minutes before straining into a jar. Pop it in the fridge until cool (or you’re ready to use).
When assembling the cocktails, drop in a handful of ice and add the simple syrup, lemon juice and gin and top it off with the lemon bubbly water.
PS- If you end up making this, let me know how it turned out in the comments! We have tried variations, including different bubbly water flavors, but always seem to go back to lemon. If you have a new variation, I’d love to hear!