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This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

Oh hey you guys.  It’s Friday, did you know that?  I’m guessing you knew that.  Since its Friday I decided to whip up this little cocktail that has been a favorite of mine for the last few years.  I first had it at a now closed restaurant in Portland called Fratelli.  It really is the ideal summer drink.  I love gin, especially in the summer time.  Paired with lemon juice and sparkling water you have a refreshing Tom Collins.  But add some fragrant lavender syrup and you have a drink that will transport you to a lush garden with the sun streaming through the trees…

This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

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Alright, I may be getting a little dramatic with my drink descriptions.  But you should drink this on a patio, or at least open the window and close your eyes and imagine that you are on a patio.   It was a drink made for sunny days, or maybe days that you wish were sunnier.

This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

The lavender syrup is pretty simple to make, although it does have two steps.  Don’t be tempted to just throw everything in the pot together like you might normally do with other simple syrups.  Following the two steps really gives you a noticeably stronger lavender flavor.  The extra step is well worth it.  Try to use the best quality lavender you can find – you will get a much better color and flavor that way.  Oh and your house is going to smell amazing while making this syrup too.

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Lavender Collins

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce lavender syrup see below
  • sparkling water

For Lavender Syrup

  • 1/4 cup dried lavender
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons water

Garnishes (Optional)

  • lemon slices
  • lavender sprigs make sure they are clean and non-toxic

Instructions 

To Make The Lavender Syrup:

  • Add 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup lavender to a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain out flowers and discard.
  • In a clean saucepan, add 1/2 cup of sugar and 3 Tablespoons water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, then stir in lavender liquid. Whisk until fully combined, remove from heat and transfer to a storage container.

To Make Drink:

  • Add gin, lemon juice and lavender syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold, then strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of sparkling water, then gently stir. Garnish with lemon slices and lavender sprigs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Drink | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 11mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Beverages, Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Did you like this recipe?Please comment, rate and share! And don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @foxandbriar AND #foxandbriar so I can see what you made!

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Now please excuse me, but I’m going to go sip on a few of these, and maybe even make some bacon wrapped dates to serve on the side.  Happy Friday!

This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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54 Comments

  1. Do you think this could be made in a larger quantity to serve a group?? Thanks for the beautiful recipe!!!

    1. Hi Meg – Yes, absolutely! For the lavender syrup, you will be making a larger batch anyway. If you pre-mix a scaled up version, just be sure to shake/stir it well before pouring, as the different densities of liquid will separate if they sit too long.

  2. I’ve never had a cocktail with lavender but i think its a great idea! Looks delicious! I think i might make some for this weekend! 🙂

  3. I don’t think you overdid it with the descriptions, I will definitely be transported to that lush garden while drinking it! I love gin and the herby flavor of it. I usually pair mine with cucumber and some St. Germaine. This is on my cocktail playlist for summer for sure! Pinning and sharing to all my gin-loving friends.

  4. This is such a gorgeous drink!! I am making it for sure this summer when my lavender starts blooming 🙂

  5. These will be perfect for a Bridal Shower! They are not only beautiful but something a little different! And The lavender syrup will be a great take home gift! Can you tell Im working on planning one at the moment? LOL

  6. 5 stars
    Meghan these pictures are so stunning!! I LOVE the idea of Lavender syrup – I’ve actually become quite the gin person (thanks to my boyfriend!). Definitely trying out this recipe soon!!

  7. This cocktail looks absolutely perfect Meghan, I love it! It’s grey and rainy here today, so I think I need a couple of these to make me feel sunny inside!
    The way you make the lavender syrups looks amazing too, will have to try that – can use it for so many other things too!
    Pinning and sharing!

  8. 5 stars
    Love the re-design!! You had me at Friday. And Gin. And lemon. I am so obsessed with gin as of late, I’m waiting till the day I get sick of it which I hope is never. I’d absolutely love to have this on a patio as the temps are getting quite warm here now. Sunny days, sunny ways, and lavender collins cocktails!

    1. Thanks Katy! It has been on my to do list forever, finally just made some time for it! I never get sick of gin either, and sunny weather is the best weather for gin!

  9. These are just gorgeous!! I love the lavender and lemon together! And, man do I really want a drink right now, haha! These looks so delicious and refreshing 🙂

  10. I just recently started getting on board with gin and the addition of lavender does sound like a super refreshing cocktail.

  11. 5 stars
    I love lavender and have recently been enjoying it in lattes. But I’d be happy to go ahead and add a happy hour addition to my routine ?

    1. I would love a lavender latte. Might have to do that with my extra syrup! Lavender in the morning, lavender in the evening 🙂

  12. What a beautiful drink. I planted some Lavender and I can see these beauties in my future.

  13. Oooh loving the new website Meghan! It really showcases your super pretty pics! Like this one, gorgeous!

  14. 5 stars
    Well, it’s no longer Friday, but Monday’s absolutely call for a cocktail come 5 o’clock!! 😉 This libation is gorgeous, girlfriend!! Such a fun and pretty spin on the Tom Collins! I am obsessing over that homemade lavender syrup! Can’t wait to slurp on this cocktail outside on the deck and soak in the spring weather! Cheers, friend!

  15. I think gin drinks are made for summer, and lavender is a brilliant addition. I’ll have to go find a patio to drink this on.

  16. Oh, I can just smell this now! I love lavender and this cocktail is just so unique! It’s really almost to pretty to drink, though, with all the purple and yellow… it’s gorgeous! Good description too….I can picture myself sitting back, warm summer breeze and this icy cold refreshment in hand 😉 Pinned! Can’t wait to try!

  17. I’ll bet that lavender smells heavenly when making the syrup! This drink sounds fun and sophisticated!

  18. 5 stars
    This is absolutely shouting my name! One of my favorite summer drinks is gin, lemon juice, and basil syrup. But this lavender collins also reminds me of a lavender martini I use to order all the time at a bar in NY. So you’re basically telling me to combine two of my top drinks into one…it’s perfect! I do have a kinda embarrassing question – where do you usually find dried lavender? Never worked with it before!

    1. Oh thanks Liz, I am so glad you are going to try it! So I have found dried lavender at Williams Sonoma (expensive!) and in the bulk section of a natural foods store (much more reasonable). I know some spice companies sell it, such as Simply Organic. I would check a grocery store that has a good bulk section, a spice shop, or of course online. You just want to be sure it is edible quality!