Ah, finally. It’s cocktail time. My first since getting back from Orlando. Well, let me rephrase. The first cocktail I’ve made MYSELF since getting back from Orlando. Wait, that’s a lie too because I went to a fun cocktail birthday party with jello shots and elderflower punch last weekend, and I brought a variation of this. OK, this is it. My first cocktail POST since getting back from Orlando. It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t chillax to a Lavender martini now does it?

Wait Chris, didn’t you already do this? What about the Provencal? Au contraire, my good friend. You’re right, but this one is different. This is a vodka martini, not a gin one. This one also may be a touch sweeter. Think Victoria Legrand from Beach House instead of Fiona Apple. This is also the first lavender infused drink I made, and what perhaps got me on the cocktail kick in the first place. It showed me that drinks can be savory, delicious, sweet yet…is it too literal to say “intoxicating?”

As much as I love this drink, I keep forgetting about this drink. Oh, but good friends won’t let me forget. So Tara, this one is for you. Speaking of her, now that I think about it, I’ve known Tara and her hubby quite a bit. Man, I’ve been in Austin quite a bit – I think I told 4 or 5 people last week I’ve been living here in Austin 5 years and compared to them felt particularly more Austinite-ish? I’m drinking a cocktail, bear with me.

Anyways, when it comes to parties she hasn’t been one to skip out because the guest list is too large. No, no. She’s always been there, always been supportive, and that kind of thing never goes unnoticed with me. One of my first memories of her and her hubby visiting the house is when they brought their own lemon drop martini mix ready to turn any random old vodka I had in my cabinet into a cocktail. This drink isn’t too far off that base, it basically is a lemon drop martini with the exception that the simple syrup is infused with lavender. But what a difference that makes. I want to say you smell it more than you taste it, but sometimes that’s all the difference you need. It’s basically Cocktail Therapy. Here’s how to write up your own prescription.

Lavender Simple Syrup

-3 oz simple syrup
-2 tsp dried lavender

1. Don’t get intimidated. It’s not any harder than boiling water. You can do this.

2. Add 1 cup water, and 1 cup sugar to a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir continuously.

3. Pour 3 oz of that simple syrup into a small bowl and then add the 2 teaspoons-full of dried lavender

4. Let that steep while it cools, then prepare the rest of the cocktail.

Lavender Martini

from Food & Wine Cocktail 2006 book

-3 oz vodka (Tara, I always make sure to secure a bottle of Absolut Vanilla Vodka for you)
-1 oz fresh lemon juice
-1/2 oz Lavender Syrup
-Lavender sprig (or some purple edible flowers for garnish)

1. Add the vodka, and fresh squeezed lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. If you don’t feel like there’s been enough time for the lavender infused syrup to cool. Then just tidy some things up around the kitchen for a few minutes. Then when your cocktail is mixed you can really relax.

2. Once the lavender syrup is cooled enough to handle, strain and add the 1/2 oz to the cocktail shaker.

3. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake it up.

4. Strain into an appropriately sophisticated cocktail glass and enjoy.

Mmm. In my search for trying something new I do too often forget how good this drink is. Floral, Balanced, Perfection. It’s about time I posted this recipe.


*Oh, and since I made a reference to Beach House do yourself a favor and totally unwind to this track. I think it’s particularly beautiful.


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