Lavender Lemon Spritzer

Makes 4 servings

1 cup Lavender Lemon Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 cups club soda, chilled
Garnish: lemon slices, fresh lavender sprigs

1. In a pitcher, combine simple syrup and lemon juice.
2. When ready to serve, gently stir in club soda. Garnish with lemon slices and lavender sprigs, if desire.

Lavender Lemon Simple Syrup

Makes about 5 cups

4 cups water
4 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon zest
1 tablespoon dried lavender

1. In a large saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium-high heat; stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon zest, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and add lavender. Cover, and steep for 10 minutes. Strain syrup, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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