Lavender Gin Fizz

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Any one who knows me well, know that my drink of choice will always be a gin and tonic.  Not only is it a Steube side of the family drink, but it’s just down right refreshing.  My dad refers to them as “habit forming.”  It’s not hard to see why; sweet tonic water, a shot of smooth gin with its signature juniper flavor and a big squeeze of lime, all poured over ice cubes makes a drink that will cool off anyone on a hot day.

This summer, I’ll still be drinking gin and tonics, (especially at my aunt’s wedding this weekend!) but I’ll also be adding this drink to my go to list.  I made my sister one of these delightful Lavender Gin Fizzes yesterday evening and she had no trouble polishing it off.  The lavender simple syrup plays really well with the gin, enhancing the herbal-ness of it.  It comes together in no time and you’ll be sipping away on this Lavender Gin Fizz and wondering why everyone’s still complaining about the heat.

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Lavender Gin Fizz

makes 1 drink

Ingredients:

Lavender Simple Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons dried lavender

In a small pan combine water, sugar and lavender.  Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.  Let mixture steep for 30 minutes and then strain the lavender leaves out.  Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Drink:

1 8 ounce glass (Ball Jars work great!)

1 shot of your favorite gin ( I used Dancing Pine’s gin)

1 shot of lavender simple syrup

½ a shot of fresh lemon, lime or a combination of lemon and lime juice

Sparkling water

Ice Cubes

Add 6-8 ice cubes to your glass.  Pour in the ingredients, starting with gin and ending with lemon juice.  Pour sparkling water over top of mixture, until in reaches just short of the top of the glass.  Stir with a spoon and enjoy!

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