They treated us to Lavender Scones with Lavender Champagne and poached figs with clotted cream. Words can not express how delightful this luncheon at Lavandula was - mostly due to the spectacular Lavender Champagne.
Since returning home I have been itching to make some Lavender Cordial so we can again experience the delicate, elder-like sweetness with some bubbly.
After playing around in my kitchen today, this is the recipe I think works best for flavor and color. Enjoy a dash with a glass of bubbly or sparkling mineral water for a truly sweet herbal treat that will leave your taste buds singing.
You will need:
1/2 cup fresh lavender flowers (best) or 2-3 tbsp dried flowers
1 1/2 cups pure water or rain water (best to avoid tap water because of the chlorinated flavor it gives off)
1/2 cup raw organic sugar (I used Rapadura but this does affect the color by darkening the cordial)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 litre screw top bottle or corked bottle
Step 2: Add water and sugar to a small pan and bring to a boil stirring all the time, until sugar dissolves.
Step 3: Remove the pan from heat and add the lavender blossoms. Place lid over pan and block steam holes to ensure no fragrance of flavor escapes during the steeping process.
Step 4: Steep in pan with the lid on for 45 minutes.
Step 5: Strain out the blossoms and stir in the juice of 1 organic lemon.
Step 6: Pour into sterilized screw top or corked bottle and store in fridge. If kept cool and well sealed this cordial has a 1-2 year shelf life.
There are so many things you can do with your Lavender Cordial - the list is almost endless. However, I have noted a few here to get you started on your way with this delicious, delicately flavored drinkâ¦
- Lavender Martini
- Lavender Champagne
- Lavender Soft Drink
- Spiced Lavender Iced Tea
- Herbal Cordials
Happy (responsible - always!) drinking!
Love The Eco Mum xo
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