Spiked Lavender Lemonade

Because spring is just around the corner!

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And that means everything should be pastel-hued and full of the brightest, freshest flavors. This Spiked Lavender Lemonade is just that. It’s a simple cocktail to make, but so perfectly balanced. It’s incredibly refreshing and just as fitting for a happy hour or welcome drink as it is for brunch. It’s also the perfect cocktail to kick off my birthday week!

We’re heading up to my parents’ house this weekend to start the celebrations (since they’re heading to Hawaii without me next week…how rude!) and a big Sunday birthday brunch is on the agenda. This Spiked Lavender Lemonade might just have to take the place of our usual mimosas, because it’s that good and, yes, spring is right around the corner! I’m pretty sure once our families taste this they may never want any other sort of brunch-y beverage ever again.

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Speaking of spring, the changing of the seasons always calls for a little reorganization of my pantry, and more specifically a rotation of all of my Sonoma Syrup Co. products. The winter-y products (like the Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup I used for this Winter Spiced Vanilla Eggnog) get pushed to the back, and out come the warmer-weather flavors such as Mint, Lime and, of course, the Lavender I used for this Spiked Lavender Lemonade. I love that there are so many different flavors to choose from, so I can always find something that will be a total game-changer in whatever cocktail I’m whipping up, no matter the time of year.

We’ve had a lot of rain this winter, which means our citrus trees are exploding with gorgeous lemons and oranges. I love having such a big selection of vibrant fruit right at my fingertips, no trip to the store required, so I try to use fresh citrus juices in my recipes as often as possible. Plus, it’s warmed up to the 80’s this week (is our California “winter” officially over?) so nothing sounds better than a tall, icy glass of fresh squeezed juice with a sweet hint of lavender. I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble using up our huge citrus crop if I keep making this tasty drink!

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I also love that this Spiked Lavender Lemonade has just four ingredients (another reason I’m such a fan of Sonoma Syrup’s products, all the flavors in one little bottle!) This is all you’ll need:

Vodka
Fresh lemons
SONOMA SYRUP CO. LAVENDER SIMPLE SYRUP
Club soda

Just pour everything into a glass over ice, give it a little stir and you’re good to go. And to make the drink look just as good as it tastes, try adding wheels of fresh lemon to the glass (tuck them on the sides between the ice and the glass before adding the liquids) and garnishing with a fresh lavender sprig. These little touches makes the drink look over-the-top and completely brunch-worthy.

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So what are you waiting for? It’s Friday and the sun is shining, time to turn lemons into lemonade!

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Spiked Lavender Lemonade
Prep Time
5 mins
 

Not your average lemonade - this refreshing cocktail gets a kick from vodka and a fresh, floral taste from lavender simple syrup. 

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces Sonoma Syrup Co. lavender simple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Lemon wheels and a sprig of fresh lavender for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a highball (or large rocks) glass with ice. If using garnishes, tuck lemon wheels into the sides of the glass using the ice to hold them in place. 

  2. Add vodka, lavender simple syrup and lemon juice to glass and stir gently.

  3. Top with club soda and garnish with fresh lavender sprig, if desired.

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Spiked Maple Rosemary Lemonade

Happy, happy fall!

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Tell me, is it fall where you live yet? Because it sure as heck isn’t here. I’m trying to make as many fall-ish warm weather recipes as possible right now, and this over-the-top Spiked Maple Rosemary Lemonade is really filling the bill.

We’re facing above-average temps for this weekend, and as much as I’m looking forward to beautiful weather for my morning beach volleyball games on Sunday, my heart is aching for all those who have been affected by the crazy fire season we’ve been having here on the Central Coast. The latest has been an over 10,000 fire acre near Vandenberg Air Force Base, and sadly two days ago we lost one of the brave, heroic firefighters in a car accident on his way to the blaze with more water supply. It was a heart-wrenching sight when, around 2:00pm, all of the freeway overpasses in town were lined with firefighters and their trucks, gazing towards the north in salute to their fallen fellow man.

It seems these men and women who fight the area’s fires have been working tirelessly for days on end, and I’m hoping they get a break soon. My heart is with all of those fighting and I so wish I could deliver some of these refreshing Spiked Maple Rosemary Lemonades to the crews at the end of their shifts. They most definitely need (and deserve) some strong cocktails after all of their hard work!

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But since I can’t get to them to ply them with this tasty, fortifying cocktail, I get to share it with all of you! Maybe you have a firefighter in your life that you can reward after a couple long days of work, or just someone that needs a break after a long day, no matter what their occupation. This Spiked Maple Rosemary Lemonade is for them! (And you, of course, because it would be rude to just sit and watch them drink this on their own.)

When I first had the idea for this cocktail, I wanted to make it as simple as possible. Lemonade, vodka (because, what better pairing) and maple syrup. The lemonade would give the drink that summery feel I was looking for, while the maple syrup would lend just a hint of fall flavor. But, leave it to the food blogger, as I was rifling through the refrigerator for the other ingredients, I came upon the leftover rosemary simple syrup I had from these Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smashes I made a few weeks back and I figured, I might as well see if I can use this up!

Two words: mind blown. It was such the perfect addition. The rosemary adds that simple, extra touch of herbal fragrance that surprises you on the back end when you take a sip. It’s a naturally perfect pairing for both lemon and maple syrup, so really, we weren’t going to fail on flavor with this one.

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In lieu of store-bought lemonade (because you never know what sort of ingredients they throw in) I decided to squeeze my own fresh lemon juice, and to balance out the tartness with a combination of the maple syrup and the rosemary simple syrup. It worked like a charm and I knew exactly which ingredients went in to making this delicious cocktail (no artificial sweeteners here!)

And even though I HIGHLY recommend making these Spiked Maple ROSEMARY Lemonades, if you’re too lazy to go about making the rosemary simple syrup, you could just use regular simple syrup instead, but for how easy the rosemary version is to make (and how well it keeps in the refrigerator) I highly recommend you go this route.

The other great news? Even though we’re making this Spiked Maple Rosemary Lemonade from scratch, it comes together in a snap. Just make sure you have a citrus juicer on hand for the lemons, a stash of simple syrup (preferably rosemary-infused), some high-quality maple syrup and, of course, vodka! We can’t forget the vodka.

Speaking of which, I was just going through all of the alcohol we have leftover from our wedding, and realized that we have something like THREE handles of Ketel One…The hubby and I are usually more whiskey/bourbon fans, but we’ll need to get through the vodka somehow. Does anyone have any great vodka cocktail recipes? Please share!

Until then, we’ll be making Spiked Maple Rosemary Lemonade on repeat from here to eternity 😛

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Have a great weekend friends!

Spiked Maple Rosemary Lemonade

5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Makes one cocktail

An easy, refreshing cocktail to take us from summer into fall - fresh lemon juice sweetened with maple and rosemary simple syrup.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce maple syrup (you’ll want to go for high-quality here, no Aunt Jemima!)
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • ½ - 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup (to taste, depending on how sour the lemons are)

Instructions

  1. Pour maple syrup into a rocks glass (or small mason jar, as shown in these photos) and then add vodka. Stir to combine.
  2. Fill glass three-quarters of the way full with ice, then top with lemon juice and rosemary simple syrup. Stir to combine.
  3. Enjoy!
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