Lemon Lavender Fizz

IMG_9823Happy October!  And…I’m back from vacation!

Between Diner en Blanc, having an awesome adventure in Peru, and being the best (self-declared) Maid of Honor at my sister’s wedding, I have been accumulating tons of pictures to share with you.  I’ll eventually get to them.

The temperature has been soaring once again to the 70s and 80s for the past few days.  While brainstorming recipes that would make good use of my remaining supply of lemons, a summertime favorite came to mind.  And it was one of those rare occasions where I was able to make something unique without having to run to the store for an ingredient or two.

I used this Blu Italy sparkling mineral water I had spotted at Trader Joe’s, which gave the drink a boost of citrus flavors.  Isn’t the cobalt blue bottle so attractive?

It’s a little sweet, a little sparkly, and super refreshing. You do have to plan ahead with the lavender simple syrup (as it takes some time for the syrup to be properly infused with lavender), but the rewards are worth it.  I made a big batch of the syrup and transferred it to a glass bottle flask.  It makes for a quick drink mixer and a nice homemade gift, too.

Lemon Lavender Fizz
(Makes 1 serving)

Juice of one lemon
2 oz gin
Lavender simple syrup, to taste (recipe below)
Sparkling water
Lemon slices, for garnish

Fill pint glass one-third full with ice.  Add lemon juice, gin, and lavender syrup to the glass.  Top with sparkling water, stir, and garnish with lemon slices.

*The amount of lavender syrup used depends on how strong you like the floral flavor.  I used about two tablespoons.

Lavender Simple Syrup
(Makes 1 cup)

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
2 tbsps dried lavender buds for culinary use

Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Add lavender flowers, and heat until mixture simmers.  Remove from heat, transfer mixture to a glass container, and let steep for 30 minutes.  Strain and chill until ready for use.