DIY Lavender Soda

I generally avoid the standard sugar bomb sodas like cola and root beer. That being said, I indulge in homemade soda from time to time made with sparkling water. What's sparkling water? It's simply carbonated water. It has all the fizziness of soda without sugar and artificial flavors. Adding flavor can be as simple as a splash of juice, muddled fruit, or fresh herbs. One of my favorite combinations are lavender and lemon. There's both a delicacy and complexity of flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Below are the recipes for an individual glass of lavender lemon soda and lavender simple syrup, which is needed for the drink and is delicious in a variety of other drinks and baked goods.

Lavender Lemon Soda
Serves 1

1 tsp lavender simple syrup + more if desired (recipe below)
6 oz sparkling water
1/2 lemon, sliced
3 blueberries (optional for color)
Sprinkle of granulated sugar (optional)

Place the blueberries and sugar at the bottom of a glass. Muddle with a chopstick or spoon. Add ice and pour in the sparkling water. Stir in the lavender syrup and top with lemon slices.

Lavender Simple Syrup

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1-2 Tbsp dried lavender buds

Combine the sugar and water in a pot over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture becomes syrup like. Stir occasionally while cooking. Add in the lavender and pour the mixture into a glass container. Allow the mixture to cool and then cover with a lid. Steep overnight, then strain. 

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