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Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in dairy free, dessert, gluten free, paleo, vegan | 4 comments

Blueberry & Lavender Mojito

 

{Cocktails, Poptails and Mocktails}

Things have been a little quieter than normal here at Fresh4Five. Summer is in full swing and I have all my kiddies’ home with me. We are enjoying our time together!

We have taken a few food inspired family trips recently. We attended a Lavender Festival a few weeks ago at the most beautiful local farm. The kids just loved smelling the rows of multi coloured lavender.

We also headed out to an organic blueberry farm to pick our own berries. The pickings were easy with bushes just beaming with plump and juicy organic berries.

I happen to LOVE the flavour combination of blueberries and lavender. They were made for each other! I found myself inspired and back in my kitchen again. I came up with 2 fun ways to pair their sophisticated flavours.

First I created an amazing light summer dessert in this Blueberry Lavender Granita. It really is something special, the perfect way to finish off a patio dinner party. It was also a huge hit with my kids! They absolutely loved this *healthy* purple slushy.

To view this recipe and read a little bit about my allergy journey, please head on over to The Balanced Platter, and check out my guest post.  I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to this wonderful and informative website. Thank You Ladies!

The second way I combined these flavours was in this yummy Blueberry Lavender Mojito, I also said “what the hell”, and went ahead and joined the Poptail party :)

I made refined sugar free Lavender Simple Syrup using maple syrup. It is just perfect and surprising; a unique twist on the typical mojito.

Blueberry & Lavender Mojito

 

Drink:
  • Juice of 5 small limes
  • 30 mint leaves torn (or to taste)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 4-6 oz lavender simple syrup depending on your taste (recipe below)
  • 4-6 oz white rum (optional)
  • Club Soda (or I threw in one whole bottle of Lime Perrier Water)

In a pitcher add the lime juice, simple syrup, rum (if using), mint and blueberries. Muddle them a bit to pop some of the blueberries and release their flavours. Top off with club soda or sparking water.

Serves 4-5

Poptails

  • (Makes 6 using large bar mould)
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 cup lavender simple syrup (whole batch)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 20 torn mint leaves (or to taste)
  • 4-6 oz rum (optional)
  • 1 cup club soda or sparkling water

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and pour into mould. Set in the freezer and serve once frozen.

Alternatively you can leave out the club soda, blending only the other 5 ingredients. Pour the blended mixture into the moulds first (filling them about 1/2 way). Then using the back of a spoon to sort of diffuse the soda, pour the soda into the moulds. This just breaks up the colour a bit in the Popsicles for a different look, it all tastes the same.

Lavender Simple Syrup
Ingredients
1 cup water
½ cup pure Maple Syrup
Instructions
In a small sauce pan combine the lavender and water and bring to a boil. Add the maple syrup and return mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain out the lavender flowers with fine
strainer or cheese cloth, store in a sealed container in the fridge.

Happy Summer!!

 

P.S. Can you believe it’s August??!

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4 Comments

  1. Great recipe and such creative beautiful photos!

  2. This sounds like something we would really enjoy! My lavender hasn't flowered yet, but it smells wonderful. I'll have to grab the flowers and whip this up. Thanks so much for sharing. And…no, I can't believe it's August. My son started back to school last Thursday. He is a junior in high school and it seems as though it was just yesterday that he was starting in kindergarten {sigh}. Have a great week!

  3. Beautiful pictures! They sound so refreshing! I haven't tried anything with lavendar yet :) My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week's link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-friday-recipe-link-up-1/
    Thanks, Cindy

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