Lavender on the menu

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!

Lavender Martini

  • 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.

Two Cosmopolitan Recipes for Ladies’ Night: An Old Favorite and a New Twist

June 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Cosmopolitans

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.

 

Classic Cosmopolitan

Serves one

Ingredients

  • 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

 

White Cosmopolitan

Serves one

Ingredients

  • 2 parts white cranberry juice
  • 1 part citrus-infused vodka
  • 1 part lime juice
  • Shake with ice in a martini shaker, garnish with three cranberries (frozen cranberries if you want them to float)

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