A 2012 review in the journal Phytomedicine concluded that there was insufficient evidence prove the anxiety-reducing effects of lavender. The authors obviously hadn’t tried our lavender bitters! Add a whisper of elegance to any cocktail with this delicious floral elixir.
- 3/4 cup dried lavender
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- Zest of 1/2 an orange
- 1 teaspoon vanilla corn syrup
- 5 cloves
- 8 ounces vodka (preferably 100 proof)
- Infusing vessel of choice (make sure it has a tight-fitting lid)
- Fine mesh strainer
Wash and dry the orange. Peel the zest off with a vegetable peeler or paring knife, making sure to get the top layer only, not the bitter white pith. Place lavender, ginger, cloves, orange peel and vanilla corn syrup into your infusing vessel. Pour vodka over top and seal tightly. Let the bitters steep for 2 weeks, shaking every 2 days to distribute flavors evenly.
Place strainer over a bowl. Pour the lavender bitters over the strainer to remove the solid pieces and stop the steeping process. Pour the bitters back into your infusing vessel and seal to store. Use an eyedropper to measure out small quantities for mixing.