Lavender Beverages

Here’s another one from Goodbite, folks!

Iced Lavender Mocha (makes one serving in a 20 oz. glass)

-1 cup of milk (preferably 1 or 2 percent)

-1 tsp. of dried lavender buds

-1 shot of espresso or ¼ cup of strong, cold coffee

-about 4 Tbsp. of chocolate syrup (varies upon taste)

-ice

-whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

Heat the milk and lavender in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a slight boil, stirring occasionally.  Reduce to a simmer for 1-2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let the lavender steep and the mixture cool for about 10 minutes.  Strain and discard the lavender.  Fill a 20 oz. glass about half way with ice and add either a shot of espresso or ¼-1/2 cup of strongly-brewed, cold coffee.  Add the chocolate syrup and the lavender milk and mix well.  Add a splash or two more of milk if desired and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of lavender.

Honey Lavender Lemonade (makes a full pitcher)

-2 cups of lemon juice (roughly 12 lemons)

-4 cups of cold water

-honey-lavender simple syrup (see recipe below)

-sprig of lavender

-slice of lemon

Honey-Lavender Simple Syrup:

-1 ½ cups of honey

-1 cup of water

-2 Tbsp. of lavender buds

Directions:

Combine the honey, water and lavender in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring well.  Make sure the honey is dissolved, and then reduce the heat to a simmer for 1-2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let syrup steep and cool for about 10 minutes.  Strain and discard the lavender.  Pour the lemon juice, water and simple syrup into a large pitcher and stir.  Garnish with a sprig of lavender and/or a lemon slice.

Lavender Lemondrop Martini (makes one cocktail)

-2 oz. of Absolut Citron (or your favorite citrus vodka)

-1 oz. of lavender simple syrup (see recipe below)

-splash of tonic

-twist of lemon

-lavender sprig (optional)

*you can also substitute limoncello for the vodka*

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe:

-1/2 cup of granulated sugar

-1/2 cup of water

-1 ½ tsp. of dried lavender buds

Combine the sugar, lavender and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring well, until sugar is dissolved.  Reduce to a simmer for 1-2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let syrup steep and cool for about 10 minutes.  Strain and discard the lavender.

Directions:

Combine the vodka and syrup with ice in a shaker and shake vigorously.  Pour into glass, top with a splash of tonic and garnish with a lavender sprig and/or a twist of lemon.

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2 responses to “Lavender Beverages

  1. Wasn’t that fun with Titina? We saw Marty yesterday and she said that was the most fun she ever had! FYI, here’s her blog: http://fromtitinaskitchen.blogspot.com/

  2. Love lavender inspired concoctions…..have some stuff to create lavender icing for my cupcakes but these drinks sound right up my street!x

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