It’s been awhile–who knew migrating a website could be so time consuming? Needless to say, with everything going on at work recently, I’ve needed (with what little time I have off) to relax.
I have some friends at work who are into essential oils and told me lavender works wonders for sleep, anxiety, and stress—so the next time I went to my favorite local coffee shop I ordered a Tangerine Lavender Honey Latte and fell in love! Not only does lavender smell wonderful, it’s delicious–very delicate and floral.
Because I rarely drink soda, wine, beer, juice, or dairy this leaves me with a lot of water, coffee, and tea. I discovered that adding lavender simple syrup to cold and hot tea, sparkling water, and coffee is truly amazing. There’s
nothing like throwing some herbs, fruit, and garnish into some sparkling water for a nice mocktail or cocktail if you’re having people over and have some vodka on hand.
Here’s the recipe to make lavender simple syrup and a recipe for my favorite mocktail/cocktail:
Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup purified water
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 3 tbs lavender
- purple food coloring (if desired)
Add the water and sugar to a small sauce pan and stir, then add the lavender and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir and bring down to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain our the lavender buds using cheesecloth and store in a mason jar. Your simple syrup will end up a caramel color, but if you want it to look more purple you can add a bit of food coloring (red and blue).
Store in the fridge for up to a week.
My Favorite Lavender Mocktail
- La Croix Orange Sparkling Water
- 2 Crushed Basil Leaves or a Slice of Cucumber if Basil is too strong for you
- Slice of Lemon
- Lavender Simple Syrup to taste
My Favorite Lavender Cocktail
- Large shot of vodka in a cocktail glass
- Heavy Splash of Grapefruit Juice
- Soda Water
- A Few Crushed Mint Leaves
- Lavender Simple Syrup to taste (I like about a tablespoon)
Pro Tip: If you have a friend who works at a non-profit in a development capacity, recruit them to be a bartender at your wedding/event, hell recruit them to coordinate your entire event/wedding. We have all had to play double duty at fundraising events as a event coordinator/bartender/florist and have learned quite a few tricks! I know more about linens, seating grids, centerpieces, menus, catering, and ordering bistro tables, eight and ten tops than I ever, ever thought I would know.
Lavender may be on the expensive side, HOWEVER, feeling relaxed with a delicious drink is priceless—so tune out all of your work worries, miserable, mean people, loud kids, and have a delicious drink with a few friends!