Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
Hope everyone had a lovely Father’s Day weekend. We had a really nice weekend and because of that, I’m a bit behind on posting the last of my Creative Kitchen Challenge ingredients and recipes!
Last weekend, we went to the Blanco Lavender Festival and I had the opportunity to pick up some culinary lavender. Having never cooked with lavender, it was perfect for the challenge. Lavender can be used for so many sweet and savory dishes, but I thought I would try my hand at a little mixology since I love hints of lavender in certain cocktails. I looked and looked for a recipe that would incorporate not only the lavender, but flavors of raspberries and lemon as well. When I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I created my own!
Raspberry Lavender Lemontini
Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat, occasionally stirring until sugar dissolves. Add raspberries and lavender to syrup and let boil for a couple minutes. The raspberries should begin to fall apart. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes.
Pour syrup mixture through a sieve to remove berry seeds and lavender.
Combine equal parts Limoncello (or other lemon liquor) and raspberry lavender syrup to a glass of your choice. We had it straight up in martini glasses, but this would also be quite good over rocks.
The Raspberry Lavender Syrup can not only be used for cocktails, but would be wonderful in ice teas or as an addition to regular lemonade!!
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Stay tuned for my final challenge ingredient — The Artichoke!