Lavender syrup | The 30 minute gift

This is literally the easiest, yummiest thing to make and it’s pretty spectacular with a gin and tonic, or even as a light, sweet floral note with soda water.

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It’s important to use edible lavender, so look out for the Margaret Roberts; long thin-stemmed lavender. Use it like thyme – simply run your fingers over the top of the flowers and use them to get the flavour.

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It’s such a beautiful drink! It’s even nice with a bit of cheese. Fairview Cheese and Wine Farm sells floral syrups they serve with Camembert, which is also pretty delicious.

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LAVENDER SYRUP

Makes 1L

Ingredients

  • 850g sugar
  • 1L water
  • a few stalks (approx 1tsp) of edible lavender
  • a few drops of purple food colouring

Method

Add all ingredients to a pot, and warm up until the sugar dissolves. Don’t take it to the boiling point! Leave it to infuse for 30 minutes, then strain and bottle into sterilised bottles.

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Thanks to my wonderful model Carina – sweet, beautiful, and supremely interesting. Follow her on Instagram, and take a cue from her – have it with gin and tonic. 

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