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Lavender Cocktail

Winter has left the building and Spring is in full bloom, which of course means two things, gardening and, wait for it…more gardening.  Why not reap the rewards of your garden a little early by using ordinary perennials to make extraordinary cocktails.   There are a few things in the garden that tend to come back year after year with little help that can make a delicious cocktail with just a little preparation.

If you live in a warmer and drier climate you most likely have bees buzzing around your lavender already, try this.  Grab a handful of lavender flowers to create a delicious lavender simple syrup to be used in a Lavender Lemon Gin Fizz, yum!  For cooler wetter climates, you most likely have mint growing somewhere in your yard which can be used for a refreshing Cucumber-Mint Gin and Tonic.

The Aviation Lemon-Lavender Fizz

Ingredients

2 oz. Aviation American Gin
1 ½ oz. lavender simple syrup*
¾ oz. lemon juice
Dash of club soda

Instructions

  1. Pour gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice into a shaker and shake with flair.
  2. Strain into a martini glass (a fine-sugar rimmed martini glass, even better!) .
  3. Top with club soda, garnish with lemon and perhaps a lavender sprig, and serve.
  4. Humbly accept the heaps of praise, bat your lashes  and say “it was nothing..no really”!

*Lavender Simple Syrup
MAKES 1 CUP

Lavender simple syrup Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 ½ tbsp dried lavender buds

Instructions

Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan with lavender until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, then set to the side to cool. Strain out the lavender and refrigerate.

Cucumber-Mint Aviation/Tonic

Ingredients

3 sprigs of mint
2 inch piece English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
2 oz. Aviation American Gin
Splash of Tonic water
1 thin wedge cucumber, for garnish

Directions

  1. Strip leaves from two sprigs of mint and place in the bottom of a highball glass along with cucumber.
  2. Muddle with a muddling stick or the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill a glass (or an old mason jar) with ice.
  3. Pour Aviation gin over ice, top off glass with tonic, stirring once.
  4. Garnish with remaining mint sprig and thin cucumber wedge.

 

These are just a few ideas, so feel free to experiment with your own garden using rose petals, thyme or even lemongrass.  The possibilities for great tasting cocktails are endless!

 

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