Lavender Vanilla Soda

As much as I love love love to get crafty, I'm a foodie from the top of my head to the tips of my painted little toes, and when I stumble on something new, clever, delicious....I get practically giddy with excitement. Such was the case yesterday when I had my first sip of lavender soda.

In a word, it was...enchanting; not too sweet with just a hint of dusty herbaceousness on the tongue; delicate nasturtium petals floating around amongst the bubbles. I was instantly taken and new I wanted to try recreating it at home.

I figured it was just a matter of a flavored simple syrup which I made using filtered water, organic sugar and food-grade lavender bruised a bit with the back of knife to release the oils.

I changed it up and added a couple of vanilla beans when making the syrup and then strained it all through a fine mesh sieve and set it aside to cool to room temp.

Once it was ready, I put a couple of tablespoons in glass with lots of ice, and finished it off with a generous splash of San Pellegrino and the tops of a few fresh lavender flowers.

Can you imagine serving glasses of this at a bridal or baby shower? Or just hanging out with the girls having snacks and chatting it up? I love that I know what's in it and I can control the sweetness. Plus...my boys really like it and think it's fun to drink out of fancy glasses.

The perfect summer elixir to make and give!

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  1. Whoops! Deleted my comment! This look like so much fun! Great for entertaining...found you on Life Made Lovely blog, following you now :)

  2. Love it - not only does it sound delicious but it's so pretty too!! (found you on running w/ glitter)

  3. I would have never thought of something like this! It looks so pretty and girly!

  4. That is such a great idea and it sounds relaxing. I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional party going on now. There is a really great giveaway going on with it. I hope to see you soon! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-linky-party-and.html

  5. This is fantastic! I am a foodie too, big time, I saw this on a linky party and just HAD to check it out. I was not disappointed, thanks for sharing!

  6. Yes please! Sounds amazing. Would be fantastic with gin! :o) I'm pinning it for future reference.

  7. Hey Annalea!
    Thanks for linking up your wonderfully unusual lavendar soda recipe at the Tuesday To Do Party last week! This one is COMPLETELY new to me...so glad you shared it with me!
    I'm trying to get caught up after finally getting my commenting issues resolved!
    Have a great week!

  8. OMG seriously...you made me drool! Where did you buy this deliciousness!?

  9. This is fantastic! I am a foodie too, big time, I saw this on a linky party and just HAD to check it out.
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