With temperatures in the 80's and slightly humid, and so much time spent picking tons of violets, I couldn't wait to use the syrup in a seltzer.
Violet syrup and seltzer alone is ok, but with lemon... very refreshing!
I made a second batch of syrup last night and I'm considering a third if I can find the time to pick four more cups of flowers. I'm thinking of lots of summer seltzers, lemonade and iced tea.
Violet Lemon Seltzer
- Half of a fresh Lemon
- 2 Tbsp Violet Syrup
- Seltzer Water
- Sprig of mint if you are feeling fancy
- Handful of ice cubes
Squeeze the lemon half into a glass, be sure to get all the good pulp.
Add the Violet syrup and stir to make a slurry. Add a few splashes of seltzer and mix well to dissolve the syrup before adding the rest of the seltzer.
Add a few ice cubes then fill the glass with about 8-10 ounces of seltzer.
This is very light, I'm not one for a sugary drink and I've worked so hard to reduce or eliminate my sugar use throughout the day, so I used just enough syrup to taste it, you can add more if you have a sweet tooth, although reducing sugar use is a good thing. :]
... our resident toads have returned. This guy was outside the garage door dining on tons of bugs under the light.