If you know a mom who's more like mine (prefers Prince and a good craft cocktail to plants), try making her a Purple Rain this week. I've been wanting to play with cocktail making for a while and used this DIY Mother's Day Week as my excuse to have a night of at-home bartending with Mom. I'm sharing recipes for lavender bitters and lavender honey simple syrup, ingredients that will take you a long way in lavender cocktail adventures. Want something a little more mellow? Mixed with lemon juice and water, the simple syrup will make a tasty lavender lemonade.
Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
Combine 2 parts dried lavender, 3 parts honey, and 3 parts hot water in a dish or bowl. Let seep for 30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth or fine strainer.
With this simple syrup, you're all set to make a Purple Rain. Get the recipe here.
(Adapted from The Domestic Mixologist)
Mix all ingredients in your jar and seal and let steep for 2 weeks, and shake several times to remix. After 2 weeks, strain lavender bitters through cheesecloth or fine strainer. Store bitters in a jar or glass bottle with dropper (ideal for bitters).
*Since I wanted to make bitters and cocktails the same night, I used a sous-vide water oven. For the sous-vide method, place all ingredients in a ziplock bag. Give a sous-vide water bath at 140F for 1 hour. Let cool and store in a jar or glass bottle with dropper.
There are tons of ways to use these flowery bitters in craft cocktails. One new favorite is the Lavender Honey Sidecar.
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