Honey Lavender syrup


Some of you might be thinking “What, that putrid stench of women’s bath bombs in a drink, are you daft?!” or some of you might be thinking “If I wanted to taste like I was munching flowers, I would go raid my neighbour’s garden!” But NO! To miss out on lavender is a crime against one of the finest flowers to make itself into the culinary arts.

Fir0002/FlagstaffotosHere’s the trick with enjoying lavender: it’s very very potent. In order to get it to play well with others, you have to use little of it when preparing a syrup and little of the syrup in the drink. Likewise, if you’ve ever had some lavender white chocolates (common combination), the lavender taste is a hint and that does it plenty. A little goes a long way with this happy little purple guy.

So of course, I made my syrup with honey because bees are what help pollinate our purple guy up there and without bees we have NO flowers!!
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First, comes the easy part of making the syrup.

Like the other syrups, I added equal parts water and sugar (honey). 3/4cup of each on low heat. Added a little less than a tablespoon of dried lavender. When the low heat mixture gently bubbles, leave on the heat only another 3 minutes. Cool and then transfer to a 1 cup mason jar.

And now, for the yummy drinks! The thing that’s good about this syrup is the sweetness of the honey lends well to combine with rum, and the floral contribution of the lavender lends well to gin. I did not get around to naming these drinks…!

Drink #1:
2 oz gin
0.5 oz honey lavender syrup
0.25 oz Alize
0.25 oz Grand Marnier
Top with lime club soda

Drink #2:
1 oz rum agricole amber
0.25 oz honey lavender syrup
0.5 oz Alize
125 mL tropical juice
Shaken and strained over ice

Drink #3:
2 oz gin
0.33 oz honey lavender syrup
0.33 oz saffron syrup
Pineapple juice
Splash orange juice
Shaken served on ice

And if you’re having an easy lazy morning at home and don’t feel like drinking, add the syrup to some Earl Grey tea. YUM!!