|Lavender Hill Farm - original watercolor by the Cocktail Artist|
We picked fresh lavender at the farm and also purchased a container of dried culinary lavender buds. Now that we're back in DC we decided to work on a new lavender cocktail in hopes of conjuring up some of those soothing effects. We have used lavender in cocktails before (see our Tom Collins recipe). It's easy to make a simple syrup using the lavender buds. The recipe for the syrup can be found in the Tom Collins blog post. If you're looking for a non-alcoholic drink, lavender syrup is a very nice addition to plain club soda with a squeeze of lemon. There are some pre-made lavender simple syrups out there, but you can find plenty of other ways to use culinary lavender and the dried buds keep for a very long time. If you don't have access to a lavender farm, you can purchase the buds in specialty food shops or online.
So here's our Lavender Martini. It's somewhat herbal, slightly sweet, and completely calming - a nice aperitif after a hard day or an attractive cocktail to serve your over-stressed party guests.
Lavender Martini2 1/2 oz. Vodka (We like District Made Vodka. If you can't get it, use a nice local craft vodka, or iff you're a gin lover you could also substitute gin for the vodka.)
3/4 oz. Blanc vermouth (Dolin is our preference)
3/4 oz. Lavender simple syrup (see recipe for the syrup in our Tom Collins blog post)
2 dashes lavender bitters (Scrappy's Bitters)
2 dashes orange bitters (Scrappy's Bitters)
Shake all ingredients with ice cubes in a cocktail shaker for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lavender sprig and lemon twist.
|Lavender Hill Farm in July 2017|
|The Lavender Martini and the ingredients|
|Lavender - original watercolor by The Cocktail Artist|
|You can make a nice non-alcoholic spritz with lemon, lavender syrup and club soda.|