The occasional glass of champagne is perhaps one of my favorite indulgences. While I adore a bit of bubbly on its own (why tinker with something so perfect?), sometimes I mix champagne with a splash of liqueur or syrup for a change of taste. My most recent concoction? Lavender simple syrup.
The soft yet spicy smell of lavender perfectly embodies the spirit of spring. This flavored simple syrup is easy to make and adds floral notes to any beverage from lemonade, to (of course) champagne. Whip up a batch for brunch or bottle the recipe for a sweet hostess gift.
Lavender Simple Syrup
Makes: about 1 cup
-1 bunch of dried lavender
-1 cup water
-2 cups sugar
1. Bring water and about 2 tablespoons of dried lavender to a boil in a pot.
2. Add in sugar and lower heat to a simmer.
3. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture every so often so that it doesn’t burn. Take pot off of heat when mixture becomes a syrupy texture.
4. Pour the syrup mixture over a strainer (to catch all the dried lavender pieces) into a heat-safe container and let cool.
5. Enjoy with champagne (add only about a teaspoon of syrup per one glass of champagne) or another mixed drink that pairs well with floral sweet notes.
*Note: Floral notes are bold so try a different champagne cocktail recipe if these particular flavors are not your cup of tea.
Another reason to make this lavender simple syrup recipe? Place any leftover dried lavender into a small cloth bag to make a sachet. Place the lavender sachet into a clothing drawer to lightly scent your favorite style pieces with a light, herbaceous aroma. How lovely is that?
The syrup is wonderfully aromatic and perfumes the kitchen, which is a welcomed side effect of this recipe. And yes, apparently cats also enjoy (or are at least intrigued by) the smell of lavender. Pictured is my precious one taking a sniff.