If you don’t love Taylor Swift I can’t relate. I love her so much that a little while ago I decided to create a drink for every track on the Midnights album. This drink is for Track 1. Enter: the Lavender Haze Mocktail. This mocktail gets its color from blueberries BUT its flavor is more that of the lavender-citrus variety. Light, refreshing and in possession of a beautiful hint of vanilla, this drink hits all the right notes. Taylor would approve.
Lavender Haze Mocktail Ingredients
- Simple Syrup: This mocktail needs a little bit of simple syrup to provide a light sweetness. This particular syrup is infused with fresh thyme and lavender to give our drink a better balance of flavors. Making simple syrup is indeed, simple. All you need to do it combine 1 part sugar with 2 parts water in a saucepan, heat until sugar has dissolved and then leave to infuse with desired ingredients.
- Frozen Blueberries: For this particular recipe, the blueberries are mainly for color. While they do leave behind a little bit of fruity flavor in the drink, their main purpose is to turn our drink purple!
- Lemon Juice: Be sure to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. You will also be using fresh slices for garnish so I know you will have some in your kitchen!
- Vanilla Bean Paste: Vanilla bean paste is very similar to vanilla extract. The main difference is the consistency and potency. VB paste is thicker and has a gel-like texture. If you can’t find vanilla bean paste, you can substitute the insides of a single vanilla bean.
- Lemon Soda Water: What you are looking for here is unsweetened soda water. If you can’t find lemon, plain will do just fine. Do not purchase sparkling lemonade or any other kind of sweetened, carbonated lemon drink!
Tips for Making Lavender Haze Mocktail
- For your Lavender Haze Mocktail (and any other cocktail/mocktail you make in the future), it is a good idea to invest in a good cocktail shaker. Cheap ones can crack and leak all over the place when you go to shake up your drink. Don’t let this happen to you!
- To streamline the recipe process, the simple syrup can be made in advance! Once ready, store in a mason jar or other tightly-sealed container in the fridge until you are ready to use.
- While all lavender is edible, some varieties taste a little better than others. If possible, stick to purchasing English or French lavender. These are less likely to have a soapy aftertaste.
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Taylor Swift “Lavender Haze” Mocktail
Taylor Swift “Midnights” inspired mocktail. This drink is track 1 – “Lavender Haze.”
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Inactive Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 Drinks 1x
- Category: Beverages
For Simple Syrup
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c water
small handful fresh lavender flowers, 3-4 heads*
2 sprigs fresh thyme
For the Mocktail
1/2 c frozen blueberries
1 oz lavender-thyme simple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste*
lemon soda water to top
1. To make the lavender-thyme simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Whisk until sugar is completely dissolved and then bring to a boil. Add in lavender and thyme and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes then remove pan from heat. Leave to infuse for 1 hour.
2. To make mocktails, place frozen blueberries, simple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla bean paste in a cocktail shaker that has been filled with ice. Shake for 1 minute. Distribute contents between 2 ice-filled glasses and then top with soda water.
*Any fresh lavender will do for this recipe but the English and French varieties work best as they will not leave any soapy aftertaste.
**If you can’t find vanilla bean paste you can instead scrape the seeds from the inside of a single vanilla bean.
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