We have had so much fun with our Lavender Grapefruit Spritzers over the years and like all things it comes with a good story on how we started making them at the inn-
For those readers that do not know our personal story, we started this business 16 years ago when we purchased Brewster by the Sea. We were ready to leave our corporate jobs in Houston and to be closer to my mom who at that time had a lovely country garden home in the Berkshires. When we moved lock stock and barrel into the inn with our two family dogs and a cat, we realized what a run down business and property we had actually purchased:(
My mom and aunt came to stay with us for several weeks to help get us settled, and I was tickled to see how much my mother enjoyed the business. She was filled with great ideas for the gardens, baking and decorating. A few months later she asked if she could move in with us to help and the rest was history! We had ten wonderful years together at the inn and my mother was instrumental with helping us turn The Brewster FarmHouse Inn to an upscale, successful Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa. We were always on a mission of gardening and cooking with all organic food and products and that lead us to want to make all organic, homemade cleaning products. Our fellow innkeeper at that time, Charlotte from the Candleberry Inn was on a similar mission. She hosted several classes demonstrating how to make cleaning products for your home. My Mom and I signed up and had a wonderful afternoon together with a bonus of enjoying a delicious homemade soup that Charlotte made for us. I still have the handout on how to make those products with my mom’s hand written note about what combination of essential oils she liked- YUP- you guessed it, she came up with our signature Lavender Grapefruit scent that has been so popular at the inn.
We make our spritzers in large batches on our kitchen table. We actually look like a chemistry lab with all of the glass bottles organized on the table. The formula is very simple and you can make these at home very easily. They would also make great holiday presents for friends and coworkers. Byron has become quite talented with with printing of our labels. We landed on a waterproof label that can be printed on your home printer.
Amazon has some great glass bottles to choose from like this one we use for our cobalt blue 4 oz. We also love to purchase our essential oil from either the Cape Cod Lavender Farm or the Atlantic Spice Company in Truro.
Here’s the simple recipe with our “secret” combination of essential oils. Our philosophy is never to keep anything good secret as life is far too short not to share the good things in life.
- 4 oz Distilled Water
- 1 teaspoon vodka
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- Mix all ingredients together and place in a glass or plastic bottle with a spritzer. You can easily double this recipe to make 8oz. For the Eucalyptus/Lemon we use 20 drops of Eucalyptus to 10 drops of lemon. Play around with the quantities to get the scent you love.
This past year we came up with a new combination as a natural preventive for ticks-Eucalyptus Lemon. For some crazy reason ticks do not like the smell of Eucalyptus. While that scent is very strong we found it to be a nice clean scent when we combined it with lemon.
Have fun with the combinations of essential oils and be on the lookout for fun bottles and ribbons to dress up your spritzers.
Happy holiday from all of us at the Captain Freeman Inn.