Lavender-Berry Limeade

Photography By Michael Fornataro | June 01, 2014


  1. To prepare the lavender simple syrup, bruise 1/4 cup dried lavender in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add lavender and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Cool slightly, then blend until smooth. Refrigerate overnight; strain into a bottle. The mixture will keep for 4 weeks in the refrigerator.
  2. Muddle raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberry, lime juice, and 1 ounce of lavender simple syrup.
  3. Combine fruit mixture, vodka, and elderflower liqueur in a drink shaker with ice. Shake to combine.
  4. Strain, and serve in a Collins glass over ice, topped with a splash of soda. Garnish with mint leaves.

Recipe by Bartender Tanya Bennitt, Bistro 19.
Photograph by Michael Fornataro / Styling by Samantha Casale

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  • 1 ounce lavender simple syrup, prepared the night before; directions included below
  • 4 raspberries
  • 10 blueberries
  • 2 large blackberries
  • 1 large strawberry
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 ounce vodka*
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
  • Soda water
  • Mint leaves to garnish
  • *Editor’s Note: Bennitt recommends American Harvest Vodka because it’s organic.
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