What a week it has been! We are currently on our 6th and final day of Cocktail Week and wow, there are 14 different drinks for you to tip back and get some relief from the sweltering heat that is sweeping across our country. Except for the PNW. We’re in the 60′ and wishing that we had a little taste of summer and heat… We’re all still a frightening shade of pasty.
Today’s drink has been a long time coming – because I actually made it a couple weeks ago and had to sit here for the last two week
antsily patiently waiting to make it’s debut on the interwebs. We all know my penchant for things lemon and lavender here and here and this drink is no different. Its a problem really – this minor obsession of mine. But really it’s like eating an English Garden! I feel positively Mary Crawley! Minus the bitchiness. More Lady Sibyl then… Are you a Downton Abbey fan? No? What?! Are you allergic to living? C’mon people!
The point is – this cocktail is relaxing, zingy, and positively colorful. And for good measure I added in some blueberries because well, I had a ridiculous amount languishing in my fridge that I couldn’t fit into this galette. It was already over brimming with berries! What a tragedy, right?
I’m thinking this is something I’ll need to make again today whilst I sit here in my yoga pants nursing a summer cold. It’s got Vitamin C in it – so it’s legit. Right? Okay fine. My Airborne, cough syrup, frozen hawaiian pizza, pint of Ben and Jerry’s S’mores ice cream and slice of store bought cake will have to do. You can’t imagine the judgey looks I got at the store yesterday. With no soup and no Ben to nurse me back to health I took matters into my own hands. Luckily for him, even if he was here, he wouldn’t be completely obligated to take of me “in sickness and in health” just yet… But in 49 days
the sucker my loving fiance will be contractually required to take care of me. Ya know – being married and all.
On a side note – if making this with vodka in it isn’t really your speed – feel free to leave it out! It’s still refreshing without! And then its kid friendly. Double win.
To wrap up Cocktail Week belly up to the proverbial bar with Jeanne and Carrie with their Raspberry Mojitos and Funfetti Martini, respectively. It’s Carrie’s one year Blogiversary! Definitely a reason to celebrate!
Don’t forget to catch up on the rest of our Cocktail Week Shenanigans and see what these raucous women have whipped up for your sipping pleasure. They do this out of love. It’s what we do. Selfless we are, huh?
Kirsten – Traverse City Cherry Mojito
Kat- Amaretto Sour
Mads- Peach Bellini
Madeline- Blueberry Smash Cocktail
Katie- Watermelon Mojo
Carrie – Raspberry Thyme Tom Collins, Funfetti Martini
Lauren – La Paloma
Me – Raging Aztec Frappe and today’s Lavender Blueberry Lemonade
And DON”T FORGET – today is the last day to enter to win this beautimus KitchenAid 5-speed blender in Crystal Blue! It’s their newest color and from my experience – this is one wickedly amazing machine. Expert ice crusher and margarita maker it is! No more rogue ice chunks in your margaritas my friend. It is a site to behold.
So – with 14 cocktails to try at your disposal you will be making some fresh, fruity, juicy and boozy for the next 14 weeks if you spaced it out right. That’ll have you cocktailing it up until October! No really, look at a calender. I swearz it!
We’ve loved having you with us this week and can’t wait to share our next theme week with you! If you have any suggestions, feel free to let us know. Maybe casserole week? Ice Cream Week? BBQ Week? The possibilities are endless!
Lavender Blueberry Lemonade
Refreshing English Garden Cocktail
2 cups Water
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Lavender Buds, dried
2 Lemons, juiced
3/4 cup Blueberries
1/2 cup Vodka
In a sauce pan over medium high heat, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Turn off heat. Stir in lavender buds and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain simple lavender syrup into a bowl to allow to cool and simultaneously remove the lavender buds.
Into a pitcher, juice lemons, pour in vodka and add in blueberries. Add in desired amount of ice. With a muddler or a large spoon, smash together until blueberries have released their juice and color. When lavender syrup is cooled, pour over ice - stir and pour into double old fashioned glasses with additional ice. Garnish with additional lemon slices.
*Note* If you want to make a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the vodka. Then its kid friendly