The muck you lived through this past week can be washed away – or so says the detergent, ever reassuring. Is it indulgent to give each sock its own peg? They do seem to have an appetite for independence. Meanwhile, it’s best not to lose your temper with wet sheets when they inevitably reach toward dust or dirt or refuse to hang evenly on the line. Forgive the shirt that will not relinquish its stains. The underpants that take flight next door. Could there be a lovelier loneliness than a day spent in the company of drying clothes?
Aplós Calme or Arise
Combine ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add 1 tablespoon of dried culinary lavender and steep for 12 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids. Cool completely for about 10 minutes.
With a muddler, mash cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add Aplós and ½ oz of the lavender simple syrup. Shake and strain into a high ball. Add soda water and stir. Garnish with a cucumber slice or fresh wild lavender, if desired.