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Making your own syrups can be a great way to make cocktails really pop. Freshly made syrups are amazing. But of course, no one has time to do everything by hand! So, if you’re going to buy a syrup, Monin is definitely my go-to brand. They have a gazillion different flavors, some of which are actually designed for cocktails and sodas, whereas many other brands are designed for coffees. And they use real cane syrup, which gives you a better taste, and is healthier than some of those bullshit substitutes. This site has a wide range. But they don’t have lavender syrup! So you better just make your own.
As it happens, I harvested a bunch of lavender from my garden just a couple of days ago, so I have fresh flowers to use. Is there anything more satisfying? If you don’t have lavender in your garden, or don’t have a garden at all, don’t despair – you can find it here. You’ll need about half a cup of flowers for this lavender syrup.
Start by bringing a cup of water to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium low, and add half a cup of sugar. Once it has cooled down to a simmer, and the sugar is dissolved, add your lavender. Cover, and let simmer for at least half an hour, or until you can really taste the lavender in the syrup. Careful while tasting it – it’s really hot!
Store it in the fridge, and use it in sodas, cocktails, lemonades, lattes, whatever the hell you want! Printable recipe follows.