sweet, cold and fresh, soda tastes great on a hot
summer afternoon. Hidcote lavender is a great
choice for this drink because of its floral essence.
Blue Velvet, Provence or Munstead varieties also
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
25.3 fluid ounces sparkling mineral water
water, sugar and lavender in a small saucepan
and bring to a simmer over gentle heat.
pan from stove and let mixture steep for 5 to 10
minutes. Strain out flowers and chill the
syrup until you are ready to use it.
lavender syrup with lemon juice and pour 1/2 cup of
this liquid into an ice-filled glass. Fill the
glass with sparkling mineral water and stir.
Kathy Gehrt, author of
'Discover Cooking with Lavender'