Someone recently told me that lavender season is in full swing right now, which really had me craving a lavender gin and tonic that I had years ago. I found dried French lavender buds on Amazon and infused the buds into a lavender simple syrup. The smell and taste was heavenly, and paired well with the floral Hendricks Gin.
How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup for Your Lavender Gin and Tonic.
Combine water, sugar and lavender buds in a saucepan and bring it to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes on low. Remove from heat after 5 minutes and let it cool and steep for 1-2 hours. Y’all, my kitchen smelled AMAZING when I made this simple syrup! So after an hour or two, strain the syrup into a mason jar.
This syrup was used in so many things over the week. I added it to my coffee, used it as an ice cream topping and made many cocktails.
How to Make a Lavender Gin and Tonic
Add 2 ounces of Hendricks, half a lemon and thyme leaves to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake shake shake it and strain into a glass with more ice. Add some tonic water (Fever-Tree is my fave) and garnish with fresh thyme. SO YUM!
Shop the Ingredients
- 2 Tablespoons French Dried Lavender Buds
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Water
- 2 Ounces Hendrick's Gin
- Fresh Lemon
- Tonic Water (Fever-Tree)
- Start with the simple syrup. Combine lavender buds, water and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil.
- Let it simmer on low for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool and steep for one to two hours.
- Strain and save in a mason jar.
- Now for the drink; add gin, lemon juice, thyme leaves and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with tonic water.
- Garnish with fresh thyme branches.
Let me know if you try this recipe out! Thanks so much for stopping by!