Lavender-Pink Peppercorn Vodka Sodas

The combination of lavender and pink peppercorns gives a regular vodka soda a floral note with a bit of a bite. Add the leftover syrup to[ seltzer for a grown-up soft drink.]

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
4 cocktails
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender
  • 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns, plus more for garnish
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 8 to 12 ounces good-quality vodka
  • 1 liter club soda
  • Sprigs of fresh lavender, for serving
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
Directions
  • Combine the sugar, lavender, peppercorns and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the seeds with the back of a paring knife and add them to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring to submerge the lavender. Cook until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let the syrup steep for 10 minutes. Pour the lavender syrup through cheesecloth placed over a fine-mesh strainer, and refrigerate the syrup until completely cooled.

  • Fill 4 Collins glasses with ice. Add 2 to 3 ounces of vodka and 1 ounce of the lavender syrup into each glass, and top off with club soda. Crush some peppercorns on a cutting board with the back of a knife. Stir the cocktail with a long spoon, and garnish with lavender, lemon wedges and crushed peppercorns.

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