In a few weeks I will be participating in a new blogging/giveaway events called #HotSummerEats. Like previous events I have done, there are tons of great prizes and many generous sponsors.
One of these sponsors is Quirk Books. Quirk Books is a company based in Pennsylvania and publishes 25 titles per year. As Quirk Books says, "every title is a labor of love" and some of the bloggers were fortunate enough to receive one of their publications. I received "Summer Cocktails" by Marta Del Mar Sacasa. The books is specifically recipes for, you guessed it, summer inspired cocktails. I couldn't have been more excited to dive into this collection of fresh, innovative cocktail recipes. I love trying different cocktails and am always scanning the drink menu at a restaurant to try something new and different. When I was scanning the different recipes I had one thing I was really hoping to find- recipes using lavender syrup. I recently made some syrup with some dried culinary lavender and loved the flavor. Thankfully, I came across the recipe for a drink called The Lazarus and I was sold.
The Lazarus is a type of a wine spritzer. However, it is not a wimpy wine spritzer by any means (sorry spritzer fans)! The drink uses a dry white wine and the unique flavors of the lavender syrup and the splash of club soda make this different than any wine spritzer I ever tried! I loved that it wasn't too sweet and the floral syrup was perfect with the dry wine. I served this with my Mother's Day brunch (lavender lemonade for the kids!) and my family absolutely loved it!
Tune in tomorrow to get another delicious and lavender inspired cocktail recipe!
(makes 1 drink)
1 oz lavender syrup
4 oz chilled dry white wine
Splash of Chilled Club Soda
To make the syrup:
In a small sauce pan whisk together 1 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a simmer and allow sugar to disolve. Add 1/4 cup dried culinary lavender. Remove from heat and allow lavender to soak for about 10 minutes. Strain and allow syrup to cool. Once cool, store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Place syrup in a wine glass and add the white wine. Top with a splash of club soda and enjoy!