Lavender Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon culinary lavender buds
Place all ingredients in a sauce pan on medium to high heat. Allow sugar to dissolve.
Remove from heat and cool for 30-45 minutes. Strain syrup into a sealable container and refrigerate.
Lasts refrigerated for approximately two weeks.
Lavender Mint Julep
6 mint leaves
2 oz. lavender simple syrup
3 oz. bourbon
Fill glass with mint and simple syrup. Muddle until crushed.
Fill glass with crushed ice and top with bourbon.
Garnish with mint and lavender sprigs.
Lavender Iced Coffee
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lavender simple syrup
1/3 cup coffee concentrate (recipe below)
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup ice
Add simple syrup to a glass. Pour coffee concentrate and milk into the glass. Add ice as desired.
Stir and enjoy!
Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
1 cup coarsely ground coffee
4 cups cold water
Add coffee to a French Press. Pour the cold water over the grounds, ensuring that all of the grounds get wet. Let steep overnight, or for 8-16 hours.
After coffee has steeped, use the plunger on the French Press to strain your coffee. Pour brewed coffee concentrate into a container that can be covered and stored in your refrigerator. Discard the coffee grounds.
Coffee concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Peach Lavender Soda
1 recipe of lavender simple syrup
1 pound very ripe white peaches (do not have to peel)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Wash and roughly chop the peaches. Pour the simple syrup over the fruit. Add the lemon juice and salt, and stir to combine. Let this stand for 10 minutes to macerate the fruit.
Working in batches, puree the peaches with the syrup in the food processor or blender. Strain the puree into a bowl, collecting as much juice as possible without forcing any solids through the strainer--approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups concentrated fruit syrup.
Refrigerate the syrup, and add it to a glass of sparkling water to taste.
• Feel free to substitute white nectarines, yellow peaches, or yellow nectarines for the fruit in this recipe.
• The fruit mash left after straining makes a very good afternoon snack with yogurt.