My family tries to have dinner together every Sunday if we can. That’s 6 adults and 3 kids (and often 3 dogs) getting together every week for dinner. Sometimes you have to will yourself to do it, but in the end it’s always worth it. My mom, mother-in-law, sister and I all cook and the boys clean up. We have extraordinarily fantastic husbands.
This past Sunday was my turn to host, and we were also celebrating my sister’s birthday so I decided to go all out with a big al fresco Italian spread, and for drinks…oh my goodness…I made Lavender St. Germain Cocktails.
Let’s just say it was a pretty rowdy dinner.
Naturally, The Hus and I had to test out the cocktails before everyone arrived, and very early on (the lavender simple syrup smelled soooo good) I knew I wanted to share the deliciousness, so I snapped up some photos. This officially THE drink for summer. Lord help us.
Lavender St. Germain Cocktail
rocks glass filled with ice
1/2 shot* Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe below)
1 shot St. Germain
top with Prosecco
*these drinks are strong, and also I used this very large (but very awesome) shot glass, so my proportions might be a bit…ahem…larger than yours. At any rate, make one, taste it, then refine to suit your needs.
Lavender Simple Syrup
large handful of fresh lavender buds
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Add sugar and water to a large sauce pan over medium/high heat. Bring to a boil while stirring often. Drop lavender into the mixture as soon as it starts to boil, and continue to boiling for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and let lavender steep in the sugar water for a minimum of one hour, and then continue longer according to taste (I like at least 2 hours).
Strain buds from the syrup, pour into a glass or porcelain container, cover tightly till ready to serve. Can keep refrigerated for oh – I don’t know a couple weeks at least.