Lavender Pea Lemonade Pitcher
Guys, I'm seriously obsessed with this one. Thank heavens it's very low ABV, because I could definitely drink the whole pitcher by myself. In one sitting. (Don't ask me how I know ) But truly, this tastes like spring and is perfect for low key entertaining. [Attn April-May visitors to casa Jeffers: this is what you'll be drinking, preferably on the porch with your shoes off. Or by the bonfire under the string lights. I'm not picky.] .
6 oz gin (I used @tanquerayusa no. 10)
6 oz pea syrup (recipe below)
6 oz fresh squeezed/strained lemon juice
24 oz (2 12 oz bottles) seltzer
pinch of salt
1 heaping tablespoon dried (food grade) lavender
Combine the lavender and gin in a jar, shake, and let sit for three hours, shaking occasionally. Give it a final shake and strain into an ice filled pitcher (use about 1 tray of ice) along with the pea simple syrup and lemon juice (strain all three because you'll be adding fizz, which means you need as little sediment as possible). Add salt, stir well, then carefully pour the seltzer slowly down the side of the pitcher. Give one or two gentle stirs to combine. Serve immediately over ice.
Combine 1 cup peas (these can be frozen) and 1/2 cup simple syrup in a blender and blend well. Strain through a fine mesh strainer (it will go faster if you stir) and store in the fridge.
[Note: if it's too thick to strain, add an ounce more simple syrup to the mix and blend further.]