SIMPLE SYRUP WITH HERB INFUSIONS

Simmer equal parts of filtered water and organic sugar over low heat for about 10 to 20 minutes with herb of choice — 4 to 7 sprigs, depending on desired level of potency. Filter into a squeeze bottle or sealable container when finished. Can be stored in refrigerator for about 5 days for freshest flavor.

SPRING LEMONADE

6 cups fresh/filtered water
Fresh lavender sprigs and lemon wheels for garnish
2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 cup lavender and lemon verbena simple syrup

Adult-friendly version: Add your favorite citrus vodka Stir all ingredients in a large pitcher; shake a little if possible before serving. Pour over ice-filled glasses and
enjoy. Can also be infused with mint sprigs in glass for extra flavor. Makes 2 quarts or about 6 to 8 servings.

OJAI PIXIE TONIC

2 ounces orange vodka
½ ounce triple sec
Juice of 3 freshly squeezed Pixie tangerines
1 fresh squeeze of a lime and lemon
½ ounce of lavender simple syrup
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Fill martini shaker with ice and all ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh mint.

PROVENCAL AFTERNOON

2 ounces raspberry vodka
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce raspberry purée
1 ounce thyme simple syrup
1 fresh squeeze of lemon
Champagne float
Fresh thyme leaves and a raspberry for garnish

Fill martini shaker with ice and all ingredients except Champagne. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Top with a float of Champagne, thyme leaves and a raspberry.

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