Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I love lavender and I love mint. What a perfect combination for a syrup. A perfect syrup to flavor, tea, lemonade, seltzer water - endless possibilities.
In this recipe, you need 1 cup of mint leaves. I used a combination of sweet mint and chocolate mint from my garden. You can use whatever mint you have available - the syrup will be delicious. Next I got some lavender from the spice cabinet and put the lavender and mint in a saucepan with equal parts of water and sugar. The mixture was brought to a boil and then boiled for two minutes. Remove from the stove, strain and let the syrup cool.
I flavored a glass of white iced tea with the syrup. It was delicious. The syrup definitely kicked the flavor of the tea up several notches. Later in the evening, I used it in some herbal tea and again I enjoyed a wonderful tasting cup of tea.
From My Recipes
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds
Bring sugar, water, mint leaves, and dried lavender buds to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Boil 2 minutes. (Do not stir.) Remove from heat. Press through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out liquid; discard solids. Cool completely (about 30 minutes). Transfer to a jar; cover and refrigerate up to 3 months.