Drink of the Week: Blackberry Lavender Lemonade & Her Drunk Cousin

Lav_DOW It’s time for the Drink of the Week!!!! This weeks Drink of the Week is a great solution for dinner parties.  This is especially true if you have someone that doesn’t or cannot drink.  I mean, do you really want to leave the poor person with the option of drinking water only? I didn’t think so.  So, to rectify situations like this I find that the best option is to make complimentary virgin drinks to whatever alcoholic beverage you choose.  Now, this doesn’t have to be a completely different drink but a drink that will only be adding a slightly new flavor profile with the addition of some good ol’ boozahol. Personally, I love bourbon and whiskey so I decided to pair up the lavender lemonade with my favorite Chicago whiskey, Koval.  This pairing will go especially well together because of the honey substitution in the lemonade and the extra flavor dimension given by the roasted blackberries and mint.  But more importantly, this combination of virgin and alcoholic drink options will leave your guests that drink happy all while keeping your glowing pregnant sister from disowning you. Note: Makes approximately 1.75 Litres

Roasted Blackberries
  • 1 pint of blackberries
  • 2 tbsp of white sugar
  • 2 vanilla bean pods
  • 1 tsp water

1. Roast the blackberries at 425 degrees after sprinkling sugar, mixing in the vanilla and adding a tsp of water. Cook for 15 min. 2. Let sit and start the lemonade.

Lemonade
  • 3 rounded tbsp lavender
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 8 lemons (juiced)
  • Mint leaves to taste

1. Add juice of 8 lemons to pitcher. 2. Boil 2 cups water, add lavender and steep for 15 minutes. 3. Strain lavender out, add 1/2 cup honey to hot water. Stir til combined. 4. Add lavender water/honey mixture to pitcher. 5. Add water to taste (about 4 cups). 6. After lemonade has cooled, muddle the roasted blackberries at the bottom of your glasses then add the lemonade. 7. You guessed it, for the drunk cousin add a shot of bourbon.  Top each with a couple mint leaves (Forgot to put mint leaves in picture). _MG_3939-Edit I hope you all enjoy this drink (perhaps for Valentine’s Day).  Have a wonderful weekend!!! ~Tia

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