Combine cherries, water, lavender and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat mixture until it barely begins to boil. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely. Strain and reserve liquid. For each drink, combine 4 ounces cherry-lavender mixture, 1½ ounces vodka and 4 ounces crushed ice in a tall 12-ounce cocktail glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a cherry with stem and a sprig of lavender blossoms.
Variation: For a delicious cherry martini, shake or stir strained cherry-lavender mixture, vodka and ice together. Strain into an 8-ounce martini glass, top with soda and garnish with a cherry with stem and a sprig of lavender blossoms.
- Recipe may be doubled.
- Pitted frozen sweet cherries may be substituted when fresh cherries are not in season.
- Cherry-lavender mixture may be stored in the refrigerator for a week.
247 Calories, 2 g fat (6% Cal from fat), 2 g pro., 32 g carb, 0 mg chol., 3 g fiber, 40 mg sodium.