What could be more perfect on a hot summer day than a crisp cocktail? Last year contributor Kim Daniels shared this Lavender Julep recipe in our Summer 2016 issue as part of our Lowcountry boil feature. The way this recipe melds southern tradition with French style makes it perfect for any gathering, elevating a casual party or fitting right in a more elegant setting.
- 2 oz good bourbon
- 1/2 oz. lavender simple syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 TSPB fresh or dried lavender
Bring water to a boil. Add lavender and sugar. When sugar is fully dissolved, reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Strain out lavender and chill the syrup until time to make the cocktail.
For the cocktail: Fill a rocks glass halfway with crushed ice. Add bourbon and syrup. Stir. Garnish with a sprig of lavender.
Photography: Siobhan Egan / Food styling and recipe development: Kim Daniels / Assistant Food Stylist: Sara Brown / Photo assistant: Ageda Machuca / Napkins: Dot & Army / Florals: Colonial House of Flowers / Paper goods: Feathered Heart Prints / Planters: Hope Farm Co. / Furniture: Savannah Vintage Rentals / Location: Point Pleasant Retreat & IPC Summer Day Camp / Art direction: Bevin Valentine Jalbert
This recipe originally appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. To see more of this feature, including recipes for Lowcountry Boil, Honeycrisp Apple Slaw, Pimento Cheese Spread, and Mini Tomato Pies, order your copy of the issue now. The issue also includes an interview with artist Christina Edwards, boho summer fashion, southern summer road trippin’ picks, and more.