I have been on vacation this last week and it has been amazing. Gorgeous weather and not a lot of commitments or plans. Everyday we just kind of woke up and made a plan from there. Some of the week was spent in the garden; staking the tomatoes, weeding, replanting certain items we have already eaten, etc.
One of the other things that I spent some of my time doing and I am not ashamed to admit it, was trying different recipes with the lavender that is currently in bloom. I plan on drying some of it, but the rest just simply can not go to waste. I have tried the lavender lemonade, which was refreshing and tasty...but I wanted something that would be ready at a moment's notice so I decided to make some lavender ice cubes.
Lavender Ice Cubes
1/4 cup fresh lavender flowers
2 cups water
5 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp lemon juice
Place the lavender flowers, the sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let sit for 20 minutes or longer depending on how strong you want the lavender flavour to be. Strain the liquid and remove the flowers and discard. Add the lemon juice to the liquid and stir.
Pour liquid into ice cube trays and freeze.
These ice cubes taste great added to sparkling or still water or even a gin and tonic :)