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How to Make Refreshing Floral Soda

How to Make Refreshing Floral Soda

Lavender is a perfect plant. It’s fragrant, it’s beautiful, bees and hummingbirds love it, it’s drought tolerant, and best of all, it’s edible. Or, in this case, drinkable.

Every summer, author and Gardenista contributor Maria harvests a handful (or two) of lavender to make a floral soda. Here is her recipe. Photographs by Marla Aufmuth for Gardenista.

Above: According to Maria, it’s easy to make your own soda with seasonal flowers and fruits from your garden.

Above: First, harvest from five to six lavender flowers, leaving a few inches of stem with leaves on each.

Above: Next, make a simple syrup. Bring two cups of water to a boil, and add 1/2 cup of honey. (Many recipes will call for a ratio of one cup water to one cup of sugar, but Maria finds this so sweet that you only taste sugar.) Taste, and if you want it sweeter, add more honey.

Above: Add your lavender flowers to the syrup and turn off the heat. Let them steep for from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how floral you prefer your soda. Pour one or two inches of simple syrup into a glass, add ice, club soda, and a generous squeeze of lemon. Then sit back and enjoy your garden.

Looking for other simple, natural recipes? If so, check out Maria’s recipe for Rose Petal Honey and Chef A. W. Foster’s recipe for House Honey Bruschetta.

 

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7:04PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

yes yes yes

1:10AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Good. Thank you.

8:49PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

I'm looking forward to doing this, thank you!

7:42PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

I have lavendar essensial oil. I'll try that with sweetener club soda and lemon.

7:21PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Sounds like a nice drink for a tea party.

1:19PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

oh yum i can't wait to try it thank you!

10:22AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Sounds good:) I'm going to have to try this!

7:28AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Hmmmmmmmm. Thank you.

12:39AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Looks delicious. Does it work with dried lavender flowers too?

8:27PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

sounds great

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