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behind the bar: lavender lemonade

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Tomorrow, Alissa and I fly to France for our honeymoon (and a buying trip for HORNE) so we thought it would be appropriate to feature a French-influenced drink that we served at our wedding! French Lavender Lemonade is a specialty cocktail created by the lovely people at the San Ysidro Ranch and is perfect for those few precious remaining summer days. We served this cocktail at our rehearsal dinner which was held in the main gardens at the wedding) played bocce ball and croquet, cocktails in hand, while soaking in the natural beauty of the Montecito countryside. We finished the evening with a Texas-style barbecue and a little music. It was the prefect way to get ready for the events of the following day.

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Oh, one quick note – the Ranch is lucky enough to have an enormous field of French Lavender on their property (in addition to several other organic gardens) but for those of us not living in blissful paradise, dried food grade lavender will also do the trick.

If you aren’t drinking alone (not that we’re judging) we have also included the proportions for making a pitcher of the cocktail. We hope you enjoy!

CLICK HERE for the full drink recipe (and more beautiful photos) after the jump!

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INGREDIENTS:

Glass:

1.5oz Vodka (Ciroc seems appropriate but we used a local Pennsylvania vodka)

1.5oz Lillet Blanc

1oz Lavender Syrup (recipe below)

1oz Lemon Juice

2oz Chilled Soda Water

French Lavender Flower for Garnish

Pitcher (makes 4 glasses):

3/4 Cups Vodka

3/4 Cups Lillet Blanc

1/2 Cup Lavender Syrup

1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup Chilled Soda Water for each glass

French Lavender Flower for Garnish

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Methodology:

Lavender Syrup:

Add equal parts sugar and water to a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Add fresh organic French lavender to taste (or 1/2 cup dried food grade lavender for every 4 cups water/4 cups sugar) and boil for one minute over medium/high heat. Remove from heat and let steep for an hour.

Drink:

Mix first four ingredients with spoon, pour over ice, add chilled soda water and garnish with lavender flower (or lemon wedges if you can’t find fresh organic lavender).

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Have a wonderful end of your summer and we will see you next month!

Ryan & Alissa

P.S. If you have any “Must-Sees” in Paris or Provence, let us know!

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41 Comments

Asma

Beautiful photos from the Ranch! I wanted to see more but unfortunately the links aren’t working! (from the first paragraph)

Veeta

How perfect–I need a recipe for Lillet Blanc, as I don’t love it on the rocks. And I have plenty of lavender.

Kim

I love how you can use lavender in recipes. I did not know this until a few months ago. This recipe is definately going in my “to make some day” file.

Nina B.

Looks delicious!

In Provence, check out: Eze Village, La Turbie, and St. Paul de Vence. You won’t regret it.

Simone

How Wonderful! Congrats! I am much to lazy to make what looks like an amazing drink but my tastebuds may push me to act!! Have a Great Honeymoon!

Tiffany

Go to the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris! One of the loveliest, largest botanical gardens I’ve been to.

Jen

hi! beautiful post and pictures! definitely gonna try this this weekend.

however i had a lot of trouble reading the first paragraph. there are parentheses missing, none of the links work, and the chronology is really confusing… tomorrow is your honeymoon, but you’re going for a buying trip for your wedding… which is somehow after? but then the rest of the paragraph is in past tense describing some event that is… ? so confused :-/

Duk Design

great and refreshing summer recipe! lavender is my favorite scent/flower/flavor in the world so I’m thrilled there is a recipe that includes it as a main ingredient. Can’t wait to try it out, Thanks!

Duk Design

..also, while in Paris you should definitely spend time in Le Marais. The boutique shopping is fantastic and the atmosphere is fun ( and a bit trendy )

Alex

I absolutely love this recipe and will have to try it! As for must-sees, in Provence if you can get to it, St. Paul De Vence, north of Nice. It’s a historic artistic village, absolutely breath taking. Many artists get their inspiration from here.

Carrie S.

Perfect, perfect, perfect. Just what I need for an end-of-summer gathering. And I LOVE that you included a pitcher recipe version…my prayers are answered! Thanks, Ryan and Alissa!

Sarah

we have 2 lavender plants that have grown to the size of shrubs despite living in the Catskills where the winters should well do them in, so i’m thrilled to try this recipe out! also, we spent part of our honeymoon in Paris and i HIGHLY recommend renting bikes for at least a day and riding around the city. despite the famously crazy drivers, we found it to be a lovely bike-friendly city and cruising up and down the gorgeous wide avenues admiring the architecture is one of my favorite memories of our time there. have a wonderful time!

Bre

It looks like it’s supposed to read: “Tomorrow, Alissa and I fly to France for our honeymoon (and a buying trip for HORNE) so we thought it would be appropriate to feature a French-influenced drink that we served at our wedding! French Lavender Lemonade…”

Just forgot the ending quotes on the hyperlink.

alissa & ryan

Hey Jen–

Sorry about the confusion with the first paragraph. Something got messed up with the coding but I am sure Grace will be able to fix it up tomorrow. In the meantime, here is what it should have said:

Tomorrow, Alissa and I fly to France for our honeymoon (and a buying trip for HORNE) so we thought it would be appropriate to feature a French-influenced drink that we served at our wedding! French Lavender Lemonade is a specialty cocktail created by the lovely people at the San Ysidro Ranch and is perfect for those few precious remaining summer days. We served this cocktail at our rehearsal dinner which was held in the main gardens at the Ranch. All of our guests (most of whom traveled over 2000 miles from cold and/or rainy climates to attend our wedding) played bocce ball and croquet, cocktails in hand, while soaking in the natural beauty of the Montecito countryside. We finished the evening with a Texas-style barbecue and a little music. It was the prefect way to get ready for the events of the following day.

Jessica

This makes me swoon for lavender. I have tried again and again to grow lavender. I will have to purchase some lavender and try this recipe.

Tinabobina99

I have some lavender just waiting fo this! Do you strain the lavender out after making the syrup?

Patricia Shea

Now there’s a cocktail I can drink morning, noon and night….HOW can you go wrong with lavendar lemonade AND Lillet, an inspired combination, I must try it soon. Thanks for the beautiful pics too, I was slated to stay at San Ysidro Ranch many moons ago but alas didn’t make it….if you are lovers of candy/sweets check out ‘A La Mere de Famille’……c’est magnifique!!

Georgie M.

I love lavender lemonade! I got really into it early this summer when I came across a organic bottle of it at wegmans… now i can’t find it there, so I’ll definetly be making my own!

SB

Im off to Florence (or Firenze it Italian) on Thursday. Have been there a couple of times before and here are som valuable tips;

1. Go to Sienna!
2. GO to San Gimigano! (early in the morning).

These cities are well preserved from the 1400 century and VERY beautiful. And there are still, after many hundred years, people living in the houses.

Also; go to Cinque Terre by the cost, if you have time. It is very convenient to take the train from Florence.

Visit one or two of the vineyards, it’s a very nice experience…

Have a nice trip!

Ana Trucha

Does one use only the flowers, or the leaves, as well, when making the lavender syrup for the lemonade?

Kristen

In Paris, you should definitely swing by the Musee Jacquemart-Andre! I lived in Paris for a year and didn’t discover the museum until a later visit…it has definitely become a favorite. http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/fr/jacquemart/

also, i’m new to reading your blog…have you spent a lot of time in paris? do you know of la duree’s macaroons? i can’t go to paris without devouring a few (or many!)

Marissa Perry Mare

I studied in Lacoste last summer.

You should go to Rousillon, and see the ochre quarry. it’s gorgeous.

joanne

first off, that lemonade is making my mouth water. so refreshing… the ranch looks stunning, i want to get away to a magical place!!

the purcells

sounds delicious & what an amazing wedding you must have had! lived in santa barbara for 13 years and had many memorable meals at the ranch.

Amy

I also was near Lacoste last summer and actually stayed in Rousillon – highly recommend it. It is one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been. While there I brought back a ton of food grade lavender from a market in Coustellet – your recipe will be the perfect use for it! Congratulations and have a fantastic trip.

Robyn

I love the idea of this unusual and intriguing combination. Definitely need to keep this in mind for the summer. Thanks for sharing!

Monica

Hi there! Your photos look absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to try out this refreshing recipe at home. Perfect for the spring and summer. I’d love if you check out my baking blog, Pass the Cocoa (passthecocoa.blogspot.com). Thanks! (:

Erin

I’m obsessed with San Ysidro Ranch and their lavender lemonade (among other things). Will have to try your recipe to bring a taste of it home. :)

Trish

Bummer about the rip-off, I feel for you Grace. Don’t let it get you down. Cut & paste can’t hold a candle to ~legacy~ , never could :)))

Carolynws

This is my go to drink!!!!! I jave mase it several times for parties and it is always a huge hit! Thank you so much do posting it.

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