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.
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.