Evenings in May, when the shivers of early spring have subsided but the weather has yet to yield to smothering humidity, are well spent in a backyard or patio with something cool to sip and someone lovely to talk with. I can provide you with one of those things.
1.5 oz gin (a floral gin like Hendrick's works)
1 tbs lavender syrup (recipe below)
1 tsp fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a large rocks glass. Stir. Garnish with lavender flower or sprig.
Essentially, simple syrup steeped with lavender flowers. In a saucepan, heat 1.5 cups water with 1 cup granulated sugar on high. Stir to dissolve sugar. When mixture boils, remove from heat, and add a half cup lavender flowers. Stir. Cover and let steep at least 15 minutes. Strain and let cool.