Blueberry Lavender Fizz
After almost 2 weeks of traveling by myself with 2 kids I am finally back home and ready for a cocktail! Seriously, 10 days with a 12 year old and a 3 year old is a long time. I am pretty sure by day 4 they had both caught on to the fact that I was in over my head and took full advantage of the situation. Couple this with the sweltering heat and humidity of the South and you’ll start to understand why I was craving ice cold, fizzy, drinks.
I have been obsessed this summer with making homemade sodas for myself and the kids, so the fact that I turned one of those sodas into a cocktail shouldn’t surprise anyone. The blueberry lavender syrup for this drink is SO easy to make and can be used for topping ice cream and pancakes too. It’s a multi-tasking syrup, you gotta love that!
- 4 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- juice of 1 lemon
- 4-6 1-2 inch sprigs of lavender
- Combine the blueberries, water, and sugar in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Crush the berries with a potato masher then add the lemon juice and lavender to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the liquid has reduced and the mixture has thickened.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour the blueberry mixture into the strainer. Gently press on the solids with a spatula to extract all of the syrup then discard the solids. Allow the syrup to cool then store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Now let’s make a drink!! The recipe below will make one blueberry lavender fizz cocktail, but if homemade soda’s (AKA: mocktails) are more your thing than simply omit the rum.
- 2-4 ounces of blueberry lavender syrup
- 1 ounce coconut rum, optional
- club soda
- lime wedge
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass with ice and sir to combine.