July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
Lavender season is coming! Being from a small town, it wasn’t until college when I was introduced to the crazy idea of actually eating it. Lavender had always been something that comes in soap or lotion.
When I was 10 my Girl Scout troop made wands out of lavender which my mother proudly hung in my bathroom… and there it remained for the next twelve years before it was eventually taken down, boiled, and made into a delicious cocktail. True story
Lavender Martinis! There is a bar in the artsy part of Seattle called Chapel that has what I believe to be the best lavender martini I’ve ever had. I convinced the bartender to share the recipe. The drink on the right had blackberry juices added to it, I do not recommend.
It’s all about the lavender simple syrup. The recipe made a ton so I’m hoping to experiment with other recipes (lemon squares with lavender or perhaps lavender-rosemary lemonade?)
Here’s the recipe- make sure and warn your guests that the drink is particularly deceptive. It’s much stronger than it tastes!
- 1/2 oz Lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
- 3 oz vodka
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
Add to a shaker filled with ice, shake it up and serve in a martini glass. Sugar rim optional.
Lavender simple syrup
- 3 tbs fresh or dried lavender
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
Bring water to a boil with lavender in a medium saucepan, stir in sugar until it is dissolved. Remove from heat and refrigerate for 1-3 hours. Strain out lavender and serve. Makes about one cup syrup.
June 22, 2009 § Leave a comment
Nothing says a girls’ night like fancy pink cocktails! Here are two versions to try. Make the Classic Cosmopolitan if you’re feeling sweet, the White Cosmopolitan if you’re feeling a little tart.
- 4 parts Citron Vodka
- 2 parts Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 2 parts Cranberry Juice
- 1 part Lime Fresh Juice
Shake with ice in a martini shaker and serve with a lime wedge or lemon rind twist to garnish
Shake with ice in a martini shaker, garnish with three cranberries (frozen cranberries if you want them to float)