Many strange and wonderful things are popping up all over the yard, such as empty fireworks droppings, colossal atomic slugs of some kind, other kinds of droppings—and lavender. It’s like a whole new world to discover each day! Of all of the things in the yard though, I’m most pleased with the lavender. (The colossal atomic slugs are a close second.) I had never noticed the lavender until now. It has always been there. Nate has tried to tell me multiple times, but I’ve never listened. Here’s an example:
Me: Oh, how I wish we had lavender in our yard!
Nate: We do. It’s in the front yard.
Me: I’d make a drink that included a simple syrup with lavender—or a lavender and mint rub for lamb. We should really grow some.
Nate: We have two shrubs of it growing in our yard.
Me: There’s a beautiful maple tree that turns red in the fall—but no lavender.
Nate: The lavender is situated at 9 o’clock from the tree . . .
In any case, I replayed those conversations in my mind as I sweltered on the elliptical machine. I was starting to grow thirsty and wondering what lavender would taste like in drink form. In a foggy haze of exercise stupor, I heard “9 o’clock from the tree, 9 ‘o clock from the tree” and I realized what Nate was trying to tell me: Quit getting distracted by colossal atomic slugs and find that lavender!
So, I did. I found it exactly where Nate said it would be—all purple and perky and just waving in the wind as if to say, “Hey, there!”
I said, “Hey, there!” back and snipped off their tops with a pair of sharp scissors.
Then, I got to work on the following drink recipe:
½ cup of granulated sugar
½ cup of water
2-3 tablespoons of lavender leaves—washed and dried
½ ounce of tequila OR: just plain club soda. Unfortunately, we did not have club soda in the house, so I just used tequila, which is not really a substitute for club soda, now that I think about it.
Combine the sugar, water, and lavender leaves in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, heat the mixture and stir until the sugar dissolves. Then, let the mixture cool.
Into a glass, pour about half of the simple sugar mixture. Then, add either the tequila or the club soda. (Both could be added to cut the sweetness.)
Results: Without the club soda, the drink is very sweet, almost like a liquor, but the lavender taste is refreshing. Here’s Nate’s reaction:
“I can taste the sugar, the lavender, and the tequila. I can taste each thing in this drink.”
I’m not sure if that review is helpful to you or not. If you enjoy tasting “each thing” that goes into a drink, then this concoction will certainly tick all of your boxes—or something like that.
Your Turn: What unusual things have been popping up in your yard lately? Would you make a drink out of any of them? If so, what would it be?