Sondra Bernstein: Lavender Mojito

Lavender Mojito
Makes 2 cocktails

4 ounces light rum

16–20 fresh mint leaves

Juice of 2 limes

2 ounces Lavender Simple Syrup (see below)

Club Soda

lavender sprigs, for garnish

Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a pint glass. Add the rum, lime juice, and lavender simple syrup and muddle a bit more. Add the ice, stir, and top with a splash of Club Soda. Garnish with a lime wedge, mint leaves or a lavender sprig.

Lavender Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons culinary lavender

In a saucepot, bring 1 cup of water, sugar and lavender to a boil. Simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved. Turn off the heat and let

sit until cool. Strain the mixture through a fine- mesh strainer and discard the lavender. Store the lavender simple syrup in the refrigerator for

up to 1 month.

Note: Adjust the amount of lavender and the steeping time based on the strength of the lavender and your personal taste.