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Lavender and Honey Gin Fizz

Last night we hosted the first of several Christmas celebrations. The evening comprised a small group of friends and family, a large piece of beef, oysters just plucked from the ocean, and delicious herbal cocktails.

The cocktail, an herbal gin fizz made with lavender and honey, would be superb in warm weather but was also a lovely accompaniment to oysters and pickled prawns beside a roaring fire with the scent of rib roast in the air. It was simple to make and set the tone for a special occasion.

Lavender and Honey Gin Fizz

Ice

1-1/2 oz Hendricks gin

1/2 oz lavender-honey simple syrup

1 fat lemon wedge

Seltzer water

Lavender-honey simple syrup:

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup dried lavender blossoms

6-8 fresh sage leaves

In a small saucier, bring the honey and water to a simmer. Stir in the lavender blossoms and sage, cover, and turn off the burner. Let steep for at least two hours. Strain through a fine sieve and keep at room temperature.

The cocktail:

Fill a bucket glass with ice. Pour over gin and syrup. Squeeze in lemon and give a quick stir. Top with seltzer water. Garnish with a sage leaf or a twist of lemon.

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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