Yum. We normally don’t drink pop at our house (well, unless I get a craving for a dark and stormy or a rum and coke, but that isn’t too often). I bake up enough sugary desserts that there’s no need to add sweet beverages to the menu. Last weekend, though, my dad came up to Portland for a day to help us with some homeowner-ish stuff and it was hot out. I decided it was the perfect chance to try making my own Lemon Lavender Pop.
We are getting ready to paint our house, so we all did some prep work. I pressure washed our steps, sidewalk, the sidewalk of our elderly neighbor (I know, I’m waiting for some sort of humanitarian medal to arrive in the mail), and our porch. Michael and my dad crafted a new hand railing for the bottom half of our front steps. Leading up to our house, the railing used to begin halfway up. We are now up to code and hopefully won’t tumble down to the sidewalk.
With all of that outdoor work, the Lavender Lemon Pop made a happy refresher. It isn’t terribly sweet, but enough that it feels like a treat to drink. The lavender flavor is so lovely but not overpowering, and the citrus makes it a bright summer beverage.
Lavender Lemon Pop
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons dried lavender buds
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
6 cups soda water
Make a lavender simple syrup by bringing the water, sugar, and lavender buds to a boil in a small or medium saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let the lavender steep in the syrup for at least 30 minutes and up to a couple of hours. Pour the syrup through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl to strain out the lavender.
To serve, stir together 1 cup of the lavender syrup with the lemon juice in a large pitcher. Pour in the soda water and mix carefully. Serve over ice and with straws.
Note: you will have leftover syrup. Awesome. Have another batch of drinks, use it in cocktails, pour it over a simple cake, stir a spoonful into green tea, top your yogurt with a little, or whatever.