This fizzy purple cocktail is delicious and refreshing. And if mocktails are your thing, replacing the bubbly with sparkling water makes for a floral and fruity spritzer that is a much healthier alternative to soda.
This Blueberry Lavender Spritzer came about by chance. Summer is almost here in North Carolina and everything in our yard is blooming, including the lavender. This year, I decided to make some lavender simple syrup to try to capture the delicious lavender essence (recipe at end of post). In less than 30 minutes, I made a lovely, fragrant syrup but I had no idea what to do with it!
Then came the May Recipe Redux Challenge: “Showers and celebrations with friends abound this time of year. Show us your healthy, colorful drink concoctions for festivities like bridal showers and graduation celebrations.” I just knew I wanted to create a cocktail that somehow incorporated the lavender simple syrup.
Blueberry juice seemed like the perfect addition to create a drink with a rich, deep purple color that also wouldn’t overpower the essence of lavender. And though it took a few rounds to get the proportions correct (I didn’t mind, I promise!), the final result is an effervescent blueberry cocktail that is sweet (but not cloyingly) with definite notes of lavender. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Note: you can buy blueberry juice at a specialty grocery store, although I often use the juice that accumulates as frozen blueberries thaw since I am always baking with frozen blueberries.
- 1 teaspoon lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
- 2-oz blueberry* juice (strained juice from thawing frozen blueberries also works well)
- 4-oz champagne or prosecco
*Note: I choose to purchase organic or certified pesticide-free blueberries. Read more on pesticides and produce.
- Measure blueberry juice and lavender simple syrup into champagne flute
- Top with 4-oz of champagne or prosecco (or sparkling water for a non-alcoholic option)
Add sparkling water (and ice) in place of the bubbly for a refreshing, non-alcoholic version of this blueberry lavender spritzer. With less than 4 grams of added sugar per serving, this is a much healthier alternative to soda!
Note: If you don’t have access to fresh lavender blossoms, some specialty food stores carry dried lavender in their bulk spice and herb sections. Use ¼ cup dried lavender in place of fresh to make the simple syrup.
Ingredients for Lavender Simple Syrup
- ½ cup fresh lavender blossoms, washed
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
Directions for Lavender Simple Syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat
- Bring to simmer, cover, and let steep for 20 minutes
- Remove lavender blossoms and store in refrigerator for up to two weeks
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