Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries

This sparkling lavender lemon spritzer is tangy and refreshing, scented with fresh lavender and garnished with juicy strawberries.

Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries

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 the blogVegetarian 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). And the signature drink for the picnic: this lavender lemon spritzer with strawberries. Keep reading for the recipe!

Picnic
Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries

Making this lavender lemon spritzer

Everything for the picnic 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, which was how this lemon spritzer recipe came to be. He first created a simple syrup with lemon and lavender, which is so simple: just simmer sugar and water with lemon zest and lavender for about 15 minutes. You can store the simple syrup in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve the drink.

Once we were at the picnic site, Alex combined a few tablespoons of the syrup with some sparkling water and sliced strawberries. The lemon spritzer was fragrant and refreshing; a fantastic signature drink to accompany our picnic. We’d recommend it for any springy or summery occasion, be it a picnic, fancy brunch, baby shower, or a meal al fresco. Since it’s non-alcoholic, it could be considered a “mocktail” too!

Related: All-Natural Frosé (Frozen Rosé)

Picnic food

I love these bright and sunny photos Alex captured of the day — especially the drinks in the grass. Check out Shelly’s beautiful photos of the day here!

Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries

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This lemon spritzer recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, and vegan.

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Lavender Lemon Spritzer with Strawberries


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 drinks 1x

Description

This sparkling lavender lemon spritzer is tangy and refreshing, scented with fresh lavender and garnished with juicy strawberries.


Scale

Ingredients

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

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lemon spritzer, Drink Recipes, Spritzer Recipes, Mocktail Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog 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 recipe 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!

  • Reply
    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!!!

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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…

  • Reply
    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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