Lavender Liqueur

Dear Oleńka,

It seems that all I ever talk about with anyone anymore is the weather (it's either that or, you know, grad school). New England weather is famously fickle, but here it is May and I still haven't put away the last of my winter clothes...

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Last weekend I spent my Saturday at the annual ohanami party organized by a friend of a friend. It was (finally) sunny and (kind of) warm, but unfortunately the cherry blossoms did not oblige. I had to console myself with the colorful company and the colorful sailboats on the Charles. 

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I’m leaving dreary Cambridge behind for a couple of days in (hopefully less dreary) San Francisco. In the meantime, I will leave you with my favorite recipe for imbuing life with a little more floral flavor, perfect for when the weather won't cooperate (or on any other occasion!). 

Lavender liqueur

1 liter of vodka
1 cup lavender buds
2 cups honey
Zest of one lemon

Combine ingredients in a 1.5 liter jar. Seal tightly and shake to mix. Let infuse for two weeks, shaking periodically. Strain through cheesecloth in order to remove the lavender buds. Store in a tightly sealed bottle. 

lavender liqueur
Posted on May 9, 2016 and filed under Recipes.