Homemade Lavender Simple Syrup

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In the past couple of years, I have gotten the chance to work with some really wonderful spices. It’s always fun to rediscover old favorites in new and interesting ways, and play with delightful new spices. A few months ago we got in a spice that really wowed me: Ultra Blue Lavender. This gorgeous, deep violet lavender had incredibly strong color and fragrance, that made our normally wonderful lavender pale in comparison. 

Lavender is a fantastic spice to cook with. It is a key ingredient in herbs de provence, a classic seasoning for lamb, poultry and vegetables. It is a classic flavoring for tea, and a wonderful addition to pastries, shortbreads, panna cottas and crème brulees. And of course one of my favorites: Lavender soda.

I decided to whip up a quick simple syrup and give my own lavender soda a shot. Simple syrup is a great way to steep at that lavender flavor into an easy to use addition to pastry, drinks, and desserts. And its also, well, simple to make.

For this syrup I steeped two heaped tablespoons of lavender with 2 cups boiling water and let it steeped for 10-15 minutes. Then, strain the water into a saucepan with 2 cups of sugar. Bring to simmer. As soon as all the sugar is dissolved keep simmering for 2 or 3 more minutes.  Remove from heat, cool and transfer to container. Store in the fridge.

To make the soda, simply combine the syrup with seltzer water. I usually use about a table spoon of syrup for a short tumbler glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon, and if you are feeling really fancy, you can rim the glass with a little of our lavender vanilla sugar.

This soda, is also very adaptable for spring cocktails, and the syrup can be used when hot to temper egg whites for meringues.  Have fun and happy cooking!IMG_0933

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