Boil ½ cup dried culinary lavender buds, 1½ cups sugar, and 1¾ cups water until bubbling. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Let stand until cool, then refrigerate overnight, if possible. Strain, then bottle. Store in the refrigerator.
Lavender Gin Sour
Shake 1 ounce Lavender Syrup, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, and 2 ounces gin with ice. Strain into a small cocktail glass to serve “up,” or over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lavender sprig.
Pour 1 ounce lavender syrup, 2 ounces fresh lemon juice, and 4 ounces sparkling water into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lavender sprig.
Photography by Felicia Perrett
Originally published in Organic Gardening magazine, August/September 2014