Today I was planning to write about bread. I (usually) plan recipes in advance. And waaaayyy back in our unseasonably cool spring, an oven full of fresh bread sounded wonderful.
Cut to mid-July. Today at 5:30 in the morning, it was 78; the high will be over 90. Bread today? Nuh-uh.
But how about a nice cold beverage? With booze?
The inspiration for my Lavender Collins was a recent discovery of flavorful Torani syrups (no not a sponsored post). While I have this fantasy about making everything from scratch, everyone (even me) needs to be realistic about what they can actually accomplish. So when I found they had a lavender syrup, I was soooo there.
The Tom Collins has a long history dating back to the 1800s. I remember hearing about it growing up. Refreshing and light it was something a person might try as a first drink. The drink is classically made with gin but non-fans have been subbing in vodka for pretty much forever.
Of course, back in the day, no one would have added lavender. So I guess we can chalk that up to progress!
‘Cause what’s not to love about a boozy sparkling lemonade on a hot summer day!
- • 1 1/2 ounces gin or vodka
- • 1 ounce lemon juice
- • 1 ounce lavender syrup (see below)
- • Ice cubes
- • 3 ounces sparkling water (or to taste)
- • My garnishes: lemon slices, mint leaves, berries, lemon balm flowers
- Pour lavender syrup, lemon juice and alcohol into the bottom of a tall glass. Top with ice, then add club soda or other sparkling water.
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