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!