Cherry Lavender Spritzers: Sweet Summer Sips for Kids and Adults

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Today I’m celebrating some naturally dairy-free recipes, like this cherry lavender spritzer. As many people discover, going dairy free isn’t about living without. It’s actually about discovering an abundance of flavors. And summer is the perfect time to enjoy them. When the weather is hot, light and refreshing is in order, and heavy dairy cravings melt away. So grab some fresh cherries and lavender sprigs to enjoy this flavorful beverage. And you can swap in defrosted frozen cherries if fresh aren’t readily available.

Cherry Lavender Spritzers Recipe - a fresh summer beverage that's naturally dairy-free and vegan, optionally paleoThis roasted cherry sauce recipe with photo was shared with us by nwcherries.com.

Special Diet Notes: Cherry Lavender Spritzers

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and top food allergy-friendly.

For paleo cherry lavender spritzers, substitute a paleo-approved sweetener for the sugar. You are heating the mixture, so you can use honey.

Cherry Lavender Spritzers
 
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This refreshing beverage includes kid-friendly and adult variations for every warm weather occasion. And it's allergy-friendly!
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups pitted and halved sweet cherries
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons lavender
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Club soda
  • 6 whole sweet cherries with stems, for garnish
  • 6 small sprigs lavender blossoms, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Put pitted cherries, water, lavender, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture begins to boil. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool completely.
  2. Strain the cherry mixture into a container to remove any solids. Cover and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  3. For each drink, add 4 ounces crushed ice to a tall 12-ounce cocktail glass. Add 4 ounces of the cherry-lavender mixture and top with club soda. Garnish each drink with one whole cherry with stem and one sprig lavender blossoms.
Notes
Alcoholic Version: Shake or stir all of the strained cherry-lavender mixture and some ice with 9 ounces of vodka. Strain it into 8-ounce martini glasses. Top each drink with club soda and garnish with one cherry with stem and one sprig of lavender blossoms.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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