Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Bee's Knees

Simple Syrup
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/2 water
1 tablespoon lavender

1 oz lavender simple syrup
1.5 oz gin
1/2 lemon
4 oz ginger ale

To make lavender simple syrup: Combine sugar and water in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce temperature to simmer mixture for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour syrup water into a large coffee mug. Place loose lavender into a steeping bag (like what you'd use to make loose tea), and steep lavender in hot syrup for 10 minutes. Remove lavender and chill syrup in a sealed container.

To prepare cocktail: In a shaker, combine chilled lavender simple syrup, gin, squeezed lemon, and about 1 oz ginger ale. Shake. Pour over ice. Add a bit more ginger ale, and garnish with a few lavender petals.