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Lavender Cordial Recipe

While the days are still long and the weather is still warm, serving a chilled glass of floral cordial is the ideal way to glam up any coffee morning or brunch party. This traditional English drink is most commonly reserved for little old ladies nibbling cucumber sandwiches; however, there is something quite elegant and light about it.

Crisp and slightly sweet with hints of floral, this non-alcoholic drink is the perfect substitute for fruit-infused waters - and one that your guests won’t be expecting. When using fresh flowers, be sure to wash them gently and avoid using any flowers that have been treated with toxins.

  • 50 lavender stalks
  • 4 ounces of fine granulated white sugar
  • 8 ounces of water

In a saucepan, bring the water to a rolling boil; next, add sugar. Once boiling, stir the sugar and water, and then reduce the heat to a very low simmer and add the lavender stalks. Simmer the pot for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally before removing from the heat and allowing the mixture to cool slowly at room temperature.

Once cool, remove the lavender by pouring the liquid through a strainer and into a tall container. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

Serve in a tall glass filled with ice, and garnished with fresh lavender.

Makes 1 liter of cordial

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