I saw this peach champagne made by André and was inspired to blend it with lavender. It is a delightful treat and sparkles with fun and excitement. We also made a delightful Lavender Peach Filled Cupcake with this Champagne.
Lavender Peach Champagne
1 Tbsp Lavender Simple Syrup
In a champagne glass add 1 Tbsp of Lavender Simple Syrup, pour over top your peach champagne. Garnish with a thin slice of peach and Lavender Cocktail Pick.
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Strawberry Lavender Champagne Slushy
3 cups strawberries
1/2 cup Lavender Simple Syrup
2 Bottles of Champagne
Garnish with Lavender Cocktail Pics
In a mixer blend your 3 cups strawberries and 1/2 cup Lavender Simple Syrup until smooth then add 1 bottle of champagne and stir to combine. Pour your strawberry mixture into a muffin pan and freeze. When your ready to assemble your drinks let your frozen strawberry mixture sit on the counter for about 10 minutes. This softens them slightly making it easier to cut them to size for your glasses. Add strawberry cubes to glasses and pour champagne over top.
Summer is time for sitting on the porch and taking a few minutes to enjoy life while sipping on some ice cold tea!
We love tea concentrate in the summer when you want to make up a glass of ice tea really fast. What is tea concentrate you ask...it is simply a double-strength tea brew that you dilute with boiling water before serving. Almost all of the measuring, timing, and straining is done beforehand so you can make up a quick tea when you want it.
We have several flavors of tea that would work for this but for today's recipe we used the Lavender Earl Grey Tea, but we have Lavender Rose and a Lavender Chamomile that is a herbal blend if you are looking for a caffeine free option.
Lavender Earl Grey Tea Concentrate
1/4 cup Lavender Earl Grey Tea
4 cups water
1/2 cup Lavender Simple Syrup (or to taste)
In a medium sized pan, fill with your water and your Lavender Earl Grey Tea. Bring to a boil, turn your heat down to keep to a simmer and place lid on to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. When it is cooled add your Lavender Simple Syrup. This will last in your refrigerator for about 3 days.
How to use your concentrate
1 part tea concentrate
1 part water or milk
Mix together and enjoy!
Floral ice cubes are such a treat to add to your water, carbonated beverages, mocktails, cocktails, iced coffee and tea or any drink you can think of.
You can use almost any combination of fruits and culinary flowers and herbs.
There are several tips out there to try to get your ice cubes as clear as you can. The clearer the ice the more detail of your ice you can see. Here are a few that I found. Use filtered water, boil your water first and let cool before pouring into ice cubes, and the last use hot water and pour over your choice of additions. I used the boil your water, fill your trays and place in freezer.
We chose to use lavender, mint and lemon strips for one and lemon, blueberry, lavender for another version.
Most frozen fruits will sink and most fresh items added will float, but this adds the variety you may desire in your ice cubes. Freeze until frozen but if it is left to long in the freezer they can discolor some florals. So the best recommendation is to use them up quickly.
Lay your Lavender Cocktail Picks in mold and pour water over top.
We made half of these ice cubes with Lavender, lemon triangle and blueberries and the other half with Lemon peel curls, mint and lavender.
We liked the lavender cubes that had the lavender at the top of the cube. We had pressed one down but it doesn't look as nice. The thin cubes melt very fast but that isn't bad...you've got your adorable little lavender stem floating in your drink.
For photos our water sat in the trays. You will want to put the in the freezer right away or it blueberries can turn your cubes a little purple. That's ok...we still like them and they added nice color in our lavender lemonade.
You can get culinary lavender picks here.
If you are making ice cubes for a party you can use your ice mold of choice. When the are ice cubes are frozen (about 4 hours) remove them from mold and stick them 1 layer thick in a sealed container. Work fast so they don't melt.
I am Nicole Callen, lavender lover, farmer, and owner of Norwood Farm. My intention for this page is to bring you great lavender related content that you can use. Most of it contains culinary adventures that transpire in my kitchen, as I have a love for the complex floral flavor and depth that lavender brings to cooking.