Lavender Collins

 

Lavender Collins
Serves 20 (in a 10 oz. rocks glass, filled halfway with ice)

5 c gin
2 c lemon juice (I like
this kind)
1 c water
2 c sugar
3 T dried lavender

7 c  club soda
Fresh lavender sprigs, optional


First, make the Lavender Syrup: 
Bring 1 c water, 2 c sugar, 3 T fresh or dried lavender to a boil, stirring with wooden spoon until sugar dissolves.  Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.  When cool, strain flowers through a fine mesh sieve TWICE.  Store in refrigerator in a Mason jar or use immediately.

Second, mix all ingredients:
5 cups gin, 2 cups lemon juice, and 1 3/4 cups lavender syrup -- mixing in 7 cups club soda right before serving.  Serve over ice and garnish with fresh sprigs of lavender if you live somewhere warmer than I do and they are growing in your garden!

 

Lavender Collins