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