A couple of months back I took a day trip with a friend to Asbury Park, NJ. It was a gorgeous spring day and we were able to do a little shopping, a little sight seeing (I’ve never been to Asbury Park but Sara was a regular visitor back in the day so she gave me a tour and a little history lesson), and we saw a great music act perform Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album with a 25-person orchestra in an old school bowling alley. Complete with tiki bar!
Before the show, however, we stopped in one of the numerous restaurants in town for dinner and a cocktail. Being a whiskey and/or bourbon kind of girl, I decided to order their lavender bourbon lemonade, which was so tasty and such the perfect summer cocktail that I knew I would have to re-create it at home, post haste.
So I did.
Start by making a lavender simple syrup. Stir 1 cup of sugar into 1 cup of water over medium to medium-high heat on the stove top and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat, add 1 tsp of dried lavender and allow to cool. Strain lavender from the simple syrup and set aside (store covered in refrigerator for up to a month).
For the drink: Run a lemon quarter around the rim of a rocks glass and dip in sugar (I used granulated sugar today, next time I will perhaps use Turbinado sugar, mainly for aesthetics). Fill glass with crushed ice. Add lemon juice, lavender syrup, bourbon, and stir.
Sip while sitting on the patio and watch the evening go by.
Bourbon Lavender Lemonade
1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1-1.5 oz. lavender simple syrup (see instructions above)
2 oz. Bourbon (Maker’s Mark or Knob Creek preferred)
Fresh lemon, cut in quarters
Sugar for rim of glass
Run a lemon around the rim of a rocks glass, dip in sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and bourbon. Stir and serve.