A Refreshing Lavender take on a Classic ‘Tom Collins’

We’ve all been there, parched and requiring refreshment on a warm Summer’s evening. Well, good news is on it’s way, this recipe is not only refreshing, but the lavender adds the perfect fragrant twist to this classic cocktail.
Tom Collins is traditionally made with gin, lemon juice, super fine sugar and soda water, but some genius decided to add lavender to the mix, well all we can say is once you try this version, you will never go back!
The lavender adds a delicate floral fragrance without being too over powering and the addition of the lavender to the sugar around the rim of the glass gives you an instant lavender hit, without tasting like soap!
If you would prefer to make a non alcoholic version, remove the gin, you certainly won’t be loosing any of the flavour!
Now onto the fun part, shaking things up with this lavender Tom Collins!
101 grams granulated sugar
3 tbsps sanding sugar mixed with culinary dried lavender
2 tbsps culinary dried lavender
1/2 vanilla pods
ice cubes (lots of)
47 ml gin
41 ml fresh lemon juice
28 grams lavender (infused simple syrup*)
carbonated water
lemon slices (to garnish)
*To make the lavender infused simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat stir together 1 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of dried lavender. Let steep for 10 minutes then strain the lavender from the syrup. There you have it!
To make the sugar rim, rub together sugars, lavender, and vanilla until well combined and fragrant. Place on a small plate. Dip the rim of the glass in a bit of water and press into the sugar mixture to thickly coat the rim.
To make the cocktail, place two ice cubes in the sugar-rimmed glass. Add gin, lemon juice, and lavender simple syrup and stir. Add a few more ice cubes and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy immediately.