Who can resist a cool drink on a hot summer day? This recipe brought to you by a savvy mixologist, Brooke Arthur.

Summer Sippers: Lavender Lemonade

  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lavender infused honey syrup*
  • 1 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1 oz Soda water

In a mixing bowl, combine spirits & mixers. Stir. Fine strain into a serving pitcher filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wheels and lavender blossoms.

* Lavender infused honey syrup:  in a saucepan bring one cup of water to a simmer. Add one cup of honey and stir until dissolved. Add one tablespoon dried lavender and lower stove to medium heat. Let simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain into a jar. Refrigerate and use within two weeks.

More about Brooke: She got her start in South Lake Tahoe before moving to Santa Rosa and then San Francisco. She received her first mixology lessons from luminaries like Duggan McDonnell, Erik Carlson, Carlos Yturria, Camber Lay and Dominic Venegas. For those of us that are not hip to the super stars of the cocktail world, trust us when we say, she’s learned from the best. After working for three years at The Redwood Room, Brooke left to open Umami with Erik Carlson and Frisson with Duggan McDonnell, and was tapped to be among a group of star bartenders at Range. There’s so much more to the story of how Brooke Arthur gained her cocktail-cred and if you’re lucky enough to spot her at an event somewhere in the USA, be sure to ask her.

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