Dried lavender flowers make a fast simple syrup perfect for dressing up a favorite cocktail standby, the good ol' gin and tonic.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 5 mins


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; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 24.5g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 0.7g 3% DV; sugars 23.4g; fat 0.1g; saturated fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 17.8IU; vitamin c 0.8mg 1% DV; folate 2.3mcg 1% DV; calcium 14.2mg 1% DV; iron 0.1mg 1% DV; magnesium 2.1mg 1% DV; potassium 24.1mg 1% DV; sodium 20.5mg 1% DV; added sugar 23g.