A beautiful, delicious and refreshing summer drink recipe that's perfect for any occasion!
In a small sauce pan, add honey (or sugar), water, blackberries and lavender flowers.
Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer on low for another 5 minutes, mashing blackberries with the back of a spoon.
Remove from heat and pour through strainer.
Stir in freshly squeezed lemon juice and allow to completely cool. Store in the refrigerator until needed. Use within 5 days.
Add ice cubes to the bottom of a glass. For a spiked version, add 1 ounce of vodka or gin.
Fill glass about half way with sparkling water (about ¾ cup).
Pour in ¼ of the simple syrup concentrate. Top with more sparkling water if necessary.
Garnish with blackberries and a sprig of dried lavender.
The lavender and blackberry in this lemonade is subtle. Of course, you can play around with the flavours, but too much lavender can start to taste like soap, so keep that in mind.
I used honey for the sweetener, which also changes the taste. Sugar works well, too.