It’s about time we all enjoyed a refreshing spring cocktail. Here, Borough Kitchen shares its Lavender Lemon Gin Sling recipe. Plus: everything you’ll need to create your very own bar at home.

Consider this no-frills bar set the aperitif to your cocktail-making journey.  It’s great for beginners!

Lavender Lemon Gin Sling Cocktail

50ml Bombay Sapphire gin
15ml fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained of pulp
15ml chilled lavender syrup*
Club soda
A twist of lemon or dried culinary lavender stem, for garnish

For the Lavender Syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
235ml water
3tbsp culinary lavender

Place sugar, water and lavender in a saucepan.

Bring to the boil, stirring to ensure sugar is completely dissolved.

Turn off the heat and allow mixture to steep for 30 minutes, then strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean, dry glass jar or bottle.

Will keep in refrigerator up to one month.

Shake gin, lemon juice and lavender syrup with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice; top with splash of soda.

Garnish with lemon twist or lavender sprig.

* Only prepare this drink with culinary (edible) lavender, not the ornamental variety; widely available online the Organic Dried Lavender from Steenbergs is fantastic and is also a great ingredient for savoury dishes, scones or ice cream.

Any London Dry gin will do, but we love the combination of Bombay Sapphire’s botanicals with the lavender.

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