Dried lavender flowers make a fast simple syrup perfect for dressing up a favorite cocktail standby, the good ol' gin and tonic. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018

Carolyn Malcoun


Lavender Simple Syrup
Gin & Tonic


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare simple syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in flowers and let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Strain (discard the flowers) and refrigerate for up to 1 month. (Makes 1-1 1/4 cups.)

  • To prepare gin & tonic: Fill a tall glass with ice. With a muddler, mash cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add gin and 1 ounce of the simple syrup. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into the glass and add tonic. Stir to combine. Garnish with cucumber slice, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate simple syrup for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

228 calories; 0.1 g total fat; 0.1 g saturated fat; 20 mg sodium. 24 mg potassium; 24.5 g carbohydrates; 0.7 g fiber; 23 g sugar; 0.3 g protein; 18 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 2 mcg folate; 14 mg calcium; 2 mg magnesium; 23 g added sugar;