I absolutely love lavender! I like to use it as a simple perfume, a spritz of aromatherapy, a fancy topping for a spring salad, sprinkled in my baked goods, and, of course, as an extra zing to my drinks. It has a rich, floral taste that compliments just about anything and has amazing healing properties, too.
Not only is it antiseptic, but it's also a gentle pain reliever and overall nerve tonic. I like to make this simple syrup to have on hand to add to lemonade or cocktails to make them feel extra special. It even elevates everyday sparkling water to a fancy lunchtime beverage. Spring seems like the perfect time to keep this simple syrup on hand as it is evocative of the fresh, floral energy of the new season.
3 tablespoons dried lavender buds
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
To make the simple syrup, bring water and lavender to a boil. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved. Reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain out lavender buds and pour syrup into a mason jar. Store in fridge for about one week.
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