Even if you’re not the one hosting Easter brunch, you could definitely win points for “best guest of the year” by offering to bring a refreshing cocktail that kicks off the festivities. Sure, you could supply OJ and bubbly for mimosas without complaints… or you could really wow ’em by bringing just a few ingredients to whip up these completely delicious, utterly springy Lavender Lillet Cocktails.
There’s something about lavender that’s feminine and just plain pretty, don’t you think? Ever since I realized you could buy dried lavender flowers from specialty spice stores (I get mine from the lavender farm that sets up shop at the downtown Austin farmer’s market!), I’ve become obsessed with making this lavender simple syrup that adds a “special occasion” touch to lemonade, iced tea, cocktails and even homemade sorbet all through the spring and summer months. Make extras and store in an airtight jar in the fridge for two weeks so you’ll have it on hand for impromptu celebrations that arise — like the first really sunny day of spring or a Saturday afternoon with nothing on the schedule (both completely worthy causes for celebration that demand a refreshing, four-ingredient cocktail like this one.) Keep reading for the recipe…
for the lavender simple syrup:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
for the cocktail:
- 2 oz. Lillet
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- splash of bubbly
- sprigs of lavender, for garnish (optional)
- Make lavender simple syrup: in a medium saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon dried lavender to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and cool completely.
- In a glass or flute, add Lillet, 1.5 ounces simple syrup and lemon juice. Top with a splash of bubbly and garnish with a lavender sprig.