My mother-in-law has huge pots of blossoming lavender that line her long terrasse. Lavender has a refreshing clean smell that is unmistakeable, which has made it a scent in the forefront of the perfume industry. But lavender isn’t just for soap and shampoo, I use it to flavor summer dishes!
If you are experimenting with it for the first time, try using the leaves and buds sparingly since it can be an overpowering strong herb. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and taste as you go.
Lavender is also refreshing in mixed drinks and cocktails, like my favorite martini they served at Employees Only. Place a few sprigs of lavender into a bottle of gin and store in the freezer until you’re ready to make your own.