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Summer Lavender Cocktails

Summer should be savored until the first leaf drops, and lavender is the perfect way to keep it going. The start of August marks the official lavender harvest season. In Provence, France the endless stretch of beautiful lavender fields starts to wane, so the fresh herb is readily available for cooking, baking, and of course—cocktails. Here in Memphis, lavender grows easily, and if you’re going to plant any herb, this should be it!

While it’s the perfect herb for baking and cooking, lavender’s subtle flavor makes a great addition to cocktails. This light, low-sugar lavender honey simple syrup can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. It’s great in coffee, tea, or in a pinch when friends come over and want a cold beverage. These fruity, fresh cocktail and mocktail recipes are great for grown ups and safe for the whole family. Just close your eyes, sip, and picture yourself in the south of France.


Lavender Honey Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 fresh springs of lavender

Instructions: In a medium saucepan, bring the honey, water, and lavender to a boil. Take off the heat, letting the liquid steep and cool for at least 15 minutes. Take the lavender out before the liquid drastically changes color. Bottle and store in the refrigerator.


French Lavender Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Rainier cherries (pitted and halved)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup lavender honey simple syrup
  • 1 cup Lillet rosé (chilled)
  • 1 bottle sparkling rosé (chilled)

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher, ddd the strawberries, cherries, and raspberries.
  2. Slice the lemon in half and juice one half into the pitcher. Cut the other half into small pieces and add with the berries.
  3. Pour in the simple syrup, Lillet rosé, and sparkling rosé. Stir and serve.

Fig Lavender Spritzer

alcohol-free

Ingredients

  • 5 large figs (quartered)
  • 1 cup lavender honey simple syrup
  • 4 cups grape juice
  • 1 large bottle of Pellegrino sparkling water
  • Lavender sprigs to garnish

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher, add the figs, lavender simple syrup, grape juice, and Pellegrino. Stir and serve with lavender sprigs.

Andrea LeTard is a personal chef, cooking instructor, and creator of Andrea’s Cooktales, a recipe website and video series where there’s a story behind every recipe. Her recipes are what she calls “next-generation southern” – fun and fundamentally southern with a modern twist using fine, fresh, and unexpected ingredients. She is a regular contributor on Local Memphis Live, her recipes have been featured on The Today Show, and she was chosen as a Top 100 contestant on MasterChef Season 6. Follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or read her blog and watch her video series at http://www.andreascooktales.com.

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