Make Bottled Relaxation with Calming, Lavender Elixir Shot
Did you know not all lavender is the same? Well, there’s one type that we recommend for use in food and beverages. The other type is the kind that’s used in cosmetics, cleaning, and fragrance. People talk a lot about “lavender” but they may not realize that there are two kinds.
Our Canadian-grown culinary lavender is perfect for this elixir. The flavor profile is sweet and has a lovely mellowed-out floral flavor. But to round out the evening elixir relaxing effects, you'll want to add a couple more herbs and botanicals to the health shot.
7 Ingredient Lavender Elixir Shot
Elixir shots are super fun. Our culinary-grade lavender is an absolute must-have for this recipe, but so are our equally-calming camomille tea flowers and relaxing nettle leaf. Shop our herbs & botanicals here.
**We do caution those with already low blood pressure that stinging nettle leaf combined with lavender could result in an unsafe drop in blood pressure. If you have high or normal blood pressure, this combination may assist in naturally bringing your blood pressure levels down closer to that of sleeping.
Making The Elixir Drink
Tea is the base for your health shot, but not the traditional stuff. You’ll be using a cold-brew method to create an ultra-concentrated tea.
Add the lavender, St. John’s Wart, Nettle Leaf, and whole flower camomile to cold water and store it in the fridge. There are some advantages to brewing tea in cold water. Cold brewing releases theanine, which improves mood, and reduces bitter tannins, which will allow the elixir to have a far sweeter and mellower taste than hot brewing. And when it comes to cold drinks— it’s always better if it’s not bitter.
In a short-ish, 12-24 hours you’ll be ready to strain the botanicals from your cold tea concentrate. Next, you’ll stir in your ashwagandha power. That concludes the recipe of your drink base. At this point, you should have a pitcher of tea sitting to the side and your 2-ounce elixir bottles ready to fill.
Bottling Your De-Stressing Elixir Drinks
Take the time to figure out the ratio of tea concentrate to water that tastes best. Directions coming up next!
If your tea concentrate has a mild taste, meaning you could drink it straight but would rather not, then fill the bottle with 70% tea concentrate and 20% drinking water, and 10% honey (a tad more than 1 US teaspoon per each 2-ounce elixir.) If the tea is far too strong to drink alone try 40% tea concentrate, 50% water, and 10% honey.
Whether they’re being bottled for yourself or friends the elixirs need to stay refrigerated once made, so feel free to add a label with the date they were made and bottled.