Lemon Lavender Spritzer with Strawberries

Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries -- A Picnic Drink | A Couple Cooks

Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries -- A Picnic Drink | A Couple Cooks

Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries -- A Picnic Drink | A Couple Cooks

Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries -- A Picnic Drink | A Couple Cooks

Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries -- A Picnic Drink | A Couple Cooks

Last weekend, Alex and I took a trip to Bloomington, Indiana: home of our alma mater and our dear friend Shelly, the very talented lady behind both the magazine Driftless and Vegetarian Ventures. Since Alex and I were in town for a wedding that afternoon, the three of us arranged to meet up for a quick picnic in the park beforehand. We each prepared a few recipes in advance and met at the grocery to buy some remaining ingredients: mainly bread, cheese, and chocolate (of course).

Everything was simple and came together wonderfully, as if we’d planned it thoughtfully in days in advance (though we were mainly winging it). Alex had the idea to make a drink with some lavender from our garden; he first created a simple syrup with lemon and lavender, then at the picnic site combined a few tablespoons of the syrup with some sparkling water and sliced strawberries. It was fragrant and refreshing; a fantastic signature drink to accompany our picnic.

I love these bright and sunny photos Alex captured of the day — the drinks in the grass remind me of the whimsical style of Erin of Forest Feast for sure. We plan to share the remainder of the picnic menu and photos this week; in the meantime, check out Shelly’s beautiful photos of the day here!

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Lemon Lavender Spritzer with Strawberries


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 10 drinks

Ingredients

  • 3 large sprigs lavender, plus additional for garnish
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 cups sparkling water
  • 10 strawberries

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, combine 3 large sprigs lavender, zest of 1/2 lemon, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup water. Simmer for 15 minutes, making sure that it does not boil. Cool slightly, then pour into a sealable container (stores refrigerated for 1 to 2 weeks).
  2. To assemble each drink: combine 1 to 2 tablespoons simple syrup with 1 cup sparkling water. Garnish with sliced strawberries and a small sprig of lavender.

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Terry Covington
    June 1, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Beautiful! The post and the drink. It looks like it was such a lovely day.

  • Reply
    Jessi
    June 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

    This reminded me of pic nicking in Montreal in the summer! Lavender, Spritzer, and Strawberries are basically the perfect combo too!

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood.com
    June 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    These are so simple and so so beautiful. love! xo

  • Reply
    Lety
    June 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful picnic with good company and beautiful day. What a great way enjoy a sunny day at the park with such simple appetizers, no stress at all!!!

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    Aida
    June 8, 2015 at 5:32 am

    What a lovely idea, and so needed for this hotness we are experiencing. Can’t wait to try. Nice blog btw!

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    Anna
    June 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Amazing photos! Going to have to give this a go for my next picnic. I’ve now just got to wait for the UK to have some good weather…

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    Laura
    June 17, 2015 at 11:58 am

    The spritzer look awesome. Is it possible to make simple syrup with honey?

    • Reply
      Alex
      June 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks! Yes, you can follow same quantities and method and substitute honey. We often use it in cocktails, but felt the neutral taste of sugar fit this recipe better.

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