Welcome back to "The Boozy Book-Lovers Favorite Reads and Drinks," where we pair DIY drinks with our favorite Overcup Press titles.

This week, we're bringing you a cocktail that combines two classic flavors: lavender and lemon. Haven't tried a lavender-infused cocktail before? We’re here to fix that! Sip on this delicious Vodka Lavender Lemonade while you pick up its perfect book pairing: Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege by Liz Prato. 

During the dog days of summer, nothing is quite as refreshing as a cool glass of lemonade–with a splash of vodka. This drink takes the classic one step further with a sweet, floral hint of lavender. In a similar way, Liz Prato writes about the beautiful state of Hawaii—what many Americans might consider the perfect summer holiday destination—and adds her own twist: a much-needed examination of how white colonization has negatively affected the beautiful land and the people who call it home. Enjoy a fresh twist on a classic while you read a fresh and important perspective on Hawaiis past, present, and future. 

What You'll Need: 

  • Vodka (use your favorite or try Wild Roots, New Deal, or Bull Run)
  • Lavender Syrup
  • Lemonade or Lemon Juice and water
  • *For a fun garnish, add lemon

vodka lavender lemonade ingredients

Step 1: Add 1 shot of vodka to cup, over ice.

Step 2: Add lemon juice and water, or premade lemonade, filling the cup to almost full.

vodka lavender lemonade step two

Step 3: Add a drizzle of lavender syrup, about a 2-second pour.

Step 4: Mix and garnish, then enjoy!

vodka lavender lemonade final cocktail

Don’t have a copy of Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege yet? Get your copy here and enjoy it with your favorite summer drink.

volcanoes, palm trees, and privilege held in someone's lap against a soft background


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