Here is the long awaited adult -friendly sangria post I promised you. This a continuation recipe to the lavender simple syrup recipe found here. You may increase or decrease the amount of lavender syrup depending on your sweetness preference. I found that this is best served right away and chilled.r
So with that said, after countless counter top spillage and 3 chardonnay bottles later…I present to you this grown up summer pick-me-up. A whole pitcher will do the trick (wink wink)
1 bottle white wine (I used Chardonnay)
1 -1/4 cup peach juice
1/4 cup lavender syrup
2 ripe white peach, seeded and sliced into wedges
1 cup sliced strawberries, optional
In a large pitcher combine wine, peach juice and lavender syrup.
With a wooden spoon stir to fully dissolve the simple syrup and refrigerate for about 1 hour for a full on peach flavor.
Right before serving, add in additional fresh peach and strawberry slices.
*For an extra touch and lavender flavor, serve each cup with a sprig of fresh or dried lavender.
Getting a little floral fancy today! As you may know already the one day I look forward to (along with the whole LA community) each week are farmer market Sundays. More specifically Santa Monica Farmer’s Market Sundays! Look at these beauties I found a few weeks ago.
Other than using them as a natural air freshener for your home and car, these versatile flowers can be used in your food and drink recipe The best way to use lavender is to “infuse” ingredients with the lavender leaves such as a simple syrup. Let’s get creative!
1 cup Turbinado Raw cane sugar
2 cups water
4 tablespoons dried or fresh lavender (about 10 sprigs)
Bring water to boil . Add sugar and lavender leaves and whisk until sugar is fully dissolved.
Boil for another 5 minutes and set aside to cool.
Strain lavender leaves and transfer syrup to a bottle and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Save rest in a bottle or mason jar for later use.
The Summer means one thing, grilling season! Serve on top of grilled eggplants, tofu, avocado or even fresh grilled corn on the cob (highly recommended).
A sweet, spicy, tangy and refreshing combo t’s finest!
1 cup seedless watermelon, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 tbsp cilantro, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
Mix all ingredients together and season with salt & pepper to taste.
Note: Keep finished recipe in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes if you prefer a more sweet flavored salsa. Give a quick toss right before serving.