A Collins is made with gin, but for this cocktail I decided to use vodka instead.  It is a shame that we are heading towards the end of summer because I would definitely have had more of this refreshing cocktail on the hot summer days we have had lately.

Remember to use food-grade dried lavender to make your simple syrup or at least organic if you are using from your own garden.  My recipe for the syrup makes just over a cup, so there is plenty left to store in the fridge for later use.

Lavender Simple Syrup


You’ll need

  • • For the cocktail
  • 45ml x vodka or gin
  • 30ml x lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 15ml x lavender syrup
  • Soda water
  • • For the lavender simple syrup
  • 1 cup x water
  • 1 cup x sugar
  • ¼ cup x dried lavender


  1. To make the lavender simple syrup, add the lavender and ½ cup of water in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and then a simmer for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, place the lid on and let it steep for about 20 minutes.
  4. Pour the liquid through a sieve and set aside. Discard the lavender.
  5. Add the remaining ½ cup of water and 1 cup sugar to the same saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Add the lavender liquid to the sugar mix, stir to combine and pour into your storage container.
  7. Once it has reached room temperature, store in fridge. (It will last in your fridge for about 2 weeks)
  8. To make the cocktail, place the vodka, lemon juice and syrup in a shaker with ice.
  9. Shake until the surface on the outside is cold.
  10. Strain into your serving glass and top up with soda water.
  11. Garnish with lemons and fresh lavender.
  12. I have placed lemon slices on the side of the glass which I filled with ice before I strained the mix into the glass.

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