Lavender buds have been revealing their deep shades of purple and delighting my senses with their soothing aromas. sipping the floral tisane, I've been looking for a way to experiment beyond the single steep.
As I read the blog of my new favorite show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, I was inspired by their recipe that captured spring blossoms in a sweet sip, Lilac Simple Syrup. Since Lilac's pungent petals bid adieu in the spring, my mind suddenly skipped to the thought of lavender.
When I incorporated the sugar with the vibrant buds, the relaxing aroma filling my tiny kitchen, I anticipated the sweet lavender simple syrup. I dreamed of icing brisk and citrusy earl greys and effortlessly stirring in the syrup to add to the complexity of the flavors. Maybe I would steep a few sprigs of pineapple sage, allowing the perfumey syrup to highlight the exotic fruity notes and gently mask the often waxy flavor of the sage leaf? Or I could freeze it with my Jasmine Green tea mint granita. Time to let my imagination continue to soar in the land of lavender....
What would you make with sweet lavender syrup?
Ingredients & Recipe for Lavender Simple Syrup
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons lavender blossoms
1. Add water, sugar and lavender blossoms to saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Stir. Reduce heat and continue stirring until the sugar has
2. Remove from heat and let steep for approx 30 minutes.
3. Remove lavender blossoms and allow syrup to cool.
4. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
photo courtesy of diametrik