The lavender adds a light botanical flavor to the richness of blackberries. Not only is this a twist on a regular berry soda, but the syrup can also be drizzled on desserts like pound cake or angel food cake.
- 2 cups blackberries
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup raw cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
- In a medium pot, combine the blackberries, water, sugar, and lavender. Bring to a boil over high heat, and stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Reduce the heat to medium or medium-low, and simmer until the berries are completely softened, about 10 minutes. After about 5 minutes, smash the blackberries with a masher.
- When finished cooking, remove from the heat and let cool. Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the berries and lavender from the syrup, making sure to press the berries against the strainer to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the blueberries and lavender.
- Refrigerate the syrup in a covered container for up to 5 days.
This mild tasting soda has just a hint of lavender in the background; it is very subtle. The syrup is not very sweet so if you like sweeter soda I could suggest adding more sugar. Use any leftovers to drizzle on ice cream, make a cocktail or add to a sauce for pork tenderloin or duck. Or just eat it straight from the spoon 🙂