Fields of lavender invoke a certain joie de vivre. While we can’t all frolic in the south of France to enjoy this purple-flowered herb, we can enjoy its offerings in this pretty little cocktail.
Lavender, from the mint family, lends a slightly sweet, herbaceous flavor to lots of dishes. Infused in honey it is perfect paired with cheeses like soft goat, lovely when used to sweeten iced tea and to-die-for drizzled over vanilla ice cream or buttered toast. It’s also delicious in drinks like this lavender vodka spritzer.
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup water
- 4-5 sprigs fresh lavender (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce lavender syrup
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Splash club soda
- 2 lavender sprigs for garnish
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and lavender. Bring to a simmer and stir until honey is dissolved. Strain. Chill before using.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, syrup and lemon juice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a flute glass and top with a splash of club soda. Add lavender garnish and enjoy.