Lavender is often best associated with spring and summer, but the one of the many wonderful things about lavender is how well it dries, thus meaning that we can enjoy its wonders all year long. And what better time to enjoy lavender, than at Christmas! Have a look at some of the festive ideas below and add a little lavender to your Christmas food and drink.
Lavender Sugar – try this sprinkled on hot mince pies fresh from the oven
There are 2 ways to make delicious lavender sugar. Firstly, you can add sprigs of dried lavender to a jar of sugar and leave the lavender to infuse its scent for up to a month. Then simply remove the lavender sprigs (if desired) and sprinkle all your festive favourites with a little hit of fragrant sweetness. Or for the slightly less organised amongst us, simply add 1 to 2 teaspoons (to taste – remember you can always add more!) of our lovely dried culinary lavender to 125g of granulated sugar and blitz in a food processor. Yummy!
Lavender Hot Chocolate – perfect after a bracing winter walk
This makes enough for one mug, but simply increase the quantities to satisfy a crowd. Pour 1 cup of milk into a small pan and add 1 teaspoon of dried culinary lavender, bring it up to scalding point (just before it boils) and then turn off the heat and leave it to infuse for about 5 minutes. Next add 10g of dark chocolate, 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of sea salt (this really brings out the flavour) and 1-2 teaspoons of honey (to taste) and whisk until smooth and frothy.
Lavender Fizz – a real treat on Christmas Morning or to bring in the New Year
First of all you need to make a lavender syrup (this can be done in advance). Simply add 400ml water, 200g white sugar and 10g of dried culinary lavender to a small pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer partially covered for 10-15 minutes until the syrup has thickened and is sweet and fragrant. You can now strain out the lavender if desired, but we love the look of the lavender in the finished drink. Now all you need to do is add 2-3 tablespoons of your lavender syrup to a champagne flute and top up with your choice of sparkling wine. Fizz-tastic!
Merry Christmas from everyone at the Jersey Lavender Farm.