Originally uploaded by wjharrison77.
This weekend I’m heading down to the Glen Tanar Estate in Deeside. Thankfully, I will not be traipsing through scratchy heather counting grumpy capercailles as I was last time I visited the area (saw a grand total of zero). Instead, I’ll be joining friends for a leaving party: Keith is moving to Mexico. To mark the occasion we are all going to camp out on the estate and have a big BBQ. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is absolutely appalling! Rain all day and a low of 1oC at night. Hmmmm…
I refuse to be disheartened by this though. I’m armed with my lavender syrup and ready to make everyone a summery cocktail to drink in the rain. D thinks this is hilarious – “Camping equals beer, Wendy. Not girly cocktails!” I disagree.
Thank you to the Inadvertent Gardener for the lavender syrup idea.
For the Lavender Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tbspn lavender flowers, bashed in a mortar and pestle
- Boil the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the lavender and simmer for 20 mins.
- Strain into a jar.
For the Lavender Cocktail
1 part lavender syrup
1 part vodka
4 parts soda water
Squeeze of lemon
- Pour syrup, vodka and soda over ice. Add lemon to taste.