Made with a lavender simple syrup and homemade lemonade muddled with mint and rum, these Lavender Lemonade Mojitos are the prettiest color and make for the perfect summer cocktail.
It's likely that I'm currently on a boat on Lake Chautauqua or sitting by the pool catching some much-needed sun. And maybe, just maybe I'm also sipping on this cocktail.
Because when I made it, I also whipped up some extra lavender simple syrup to bring with me on vacation. Smart, right??
It's a part of my whole vacation cocktail strategy, which is almost as important as making sure you've packed enough underwear and the proper footwear. Maybe even more important because if you have a vacation cocktail strategy, you might not even care about not having enough underwear or the proper footwear with you.
Pack a couple jars of simple syrup in a cooler, grab some bottles of rum and vodka, have a few good cocktail recipes in mind, and you're basically vacation-ready.
Cooking with Lavender
I've been wanting to cook, bake, and cocktail with lavender for a long time now. Mainly because it's purple. But also because it's deliciously tasty.
I finally "splurged" on a ½ pound of dried lavender. ½ pound is A LOT of lavender, which equals a lot of cocktails and other deliciousness.
Pretty, right? If you're buying lavender for cooking, baking, or cocktail-ing, make sure it's for culinary use.
You could also use it for scented sachets or simply to make your home smell nice. I want to put a little bit by my bedside to help relax me at night.
There are also so many food and drink recipes you can make with lavender and I can't wait to experiment more!
In case you're interested, lavender actually has many health benefits… It helps you relax, it can beat bloating, and it can reduce itchiness. So, basically, this cocktail could make you feel like a million dollars.
Worth a shot, right?
I've seen lavender cocktails all over the internet, which is partly why I couldn't help myself from purchasing some lavender for my own use. The herb goes naturally with lemon, but I decided to add some rum and mint and make a mojito out of it.
Because when life gives you lavender, you make lavender lemonade. And then you make a mojito out of it. Always make a mojito. Or a cocktail of some kind.
Here's what you need for these lavender lemonade mojitos:
- Light Rum
- Dried Lavender (culinary grade)
How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup
You'll want to start by making the simple syrup. You know I love simple syrup, but this lavender simple syrup takes things to a whole new level.
I lay out the steps below, but if you want even more details, check out my full post on lavender simple syrup.
All you have to do is put sugar, water, and dried lavender in a medium saucepan, stir, and bring to a boil.
Once mixture comes to a boil, lower to a simmer and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until it thickens.
Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan, and let steep for about an hour.
Push syrup through a mesh sieve to strain out lavender buds and into an airtight container, like a mason jar. Place in fridge to cool.
How to Make Lavender Lemonade Mojitos
Once the simple syrup cools, making the rest of the cocktail is easy!
Muddle mint leaves with lemon juice in a pitcher until well combined. Add water, rum, and ¾ cup chilled lavender simple syrup. Stir.
This recipe makes a nice full pitcher of lavender lemonade mojitos, so you may as well invite a friend over.
Pour the cocktail into ice-filled glasses.
And sip away. I'm pretty sure this lavender lemonade cocktail is the ideal vacation sipper. But I also kind of think it would be perfect to sip on before bed.
The combination of the lavender and rum will most definitely help you feel all nice and relaxed until you fall asleep. Not to mention, you'll be getting your fair share of vitamin C.
Is there anything quite like freshly squeezed lemonade? Well, yes. Freshly squeezed lemonade with lavender simple syrup and lots of mint.
This lavender lemonade cocktail is way better than any mojito I've ever made. Also, did you know that yesterday was National Mojito Day? Well, it was. And it's not too late to celebrate. It's never a bad time to celebrate.
Of course, feel free to add more rum here if you want to. Some like a little and some like a little more.
If you don't want any alcohol, you can also enjoy this cocktail in a mocktail, alcohol-free version. Just the lemonade, lavender simple syrup, and mint are delicious together!
I'll be honest; I'm not even a big herbal/floral type person, but I'm in LOVE with this drink and with all of my beautiful lavender. Maybe I am becoming more of a floral fan than I previously thought.
More Recipes Using Lavender
Since purchasing culinary lavender, I've used it in a couple different lavender cocktail recipes. I've also used it for some sweet desserts, too. Here are some of my favorite recipes that use lavender:
- Lavender Lemonade Floats
- Lavender Lemon Cookies
- Meyer Lemon Lavender Mojito
- Blueberry Lavender Coconut Popsicles (from Fitty Foodlicious)
- Lavender Vanilla Iced Coffee (from Bright Eyed Baker)
- Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed Scones (from The Baker Mama)
- Blueberry Lavender Macaron Cake (from Posh Little Designs)
The color of the drink certainly wasn't as vibrant as some of the lavender cocktails I've seen, but I also have learned that some cocktails still use food coloring, even with the all-natural lavender.
I think the longer you steep the lavender buds, the deeper the purple gets. If you make your lavender cocktail and it's not quite as purple as you want, you can certainly add in a couple drops of food coloring.
Lavender, welcome to my life. A refreshing drink that's packed with all sorts of goodness. And rum, too. Happy Friday!
Are you a fan of lavender?
If you love using lavender in cooking and baking, check out my Lavender Lemon Cookies and my Lavender Lemonade Floats (also a great way to utilize that lavender simple syrup!). I also love the look of this Lavender Hot Chocolate from Country Hill Kitchen!
Lavender Lemonade Mojitos
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 4-7 lemons
- 1 small bunch mint
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup light rum
- ¾ cup lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup dried lavender
- In a pitcher, muddle mint leaves with lemon juice until well combined. Add water, rum, and ¾ cup chilled lavender simple syrup. Stir.
- Pour drink into ice-filled glasses.
- Put sugar, water, and dried lavender in a medium saucepan, stir, and bring to a boil.
- Once mixture comes to a boil, lower to a simmer and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until it thickens.
- Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan, and let steep for about an hour.
- Push syrup through a mesh sieve to strain out lavender buds and into an airtight container. Place in fridge to cool.
- For more details on lavender simple syrup, check out my detailed post.
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