Summer Cocktail: Homemade Lavender Syrup & Lavender Martini Recipe

Summer is in full swing! One of my favorite summer drinks is a lavender martini – it’s bright, fresh, floral, and earthy. Making them at home is super simple!

First, you’ll need some lavender syrup. It’s easy to make and wonderful in other recipes. You can make lavender martinis, add a splash to your favorite glass of prosecco, mix the lavender syrup with club soda for a refreshing fizzy drink, or make a lavender and honey latte.

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Lavender Syrup

Ingredients & Hardware

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup food grade lavender flowers (I get mine at World Market or Homegoods)
  • Medium Pot
  • Measuring Cups
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Jar or Bottle for Storage

Directions

  1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium pot over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring continually.
  2. Add in the lavender flowers and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 2 to 3 minutes to ensure all the sugar is melted.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool completely (I usually wait a couple of hours before pouring up the final mixture).
  4. Strain the syrup through the fine mesh strainer, lined with cheesecloth.

The syrup will keep for 10 – 15 days in the fridge.


Now, on to cocktail time!



 

Lavender Martini

Ingredients & Hardware

  • 3 ounces lavender syrup
  • 3 ounces gin (I like Cardinal’s – made here in North Carolina)
  • 1.5 ounces elderflower liquor (like St. Germaine or St. Elder)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Ice
  • Cocktail Shaker (or a jar with a lid works in a pinch)
     

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 5-8 seconds.
  2. Strain or pour directly into a glass of  your choice and enjoy!
     

Cheers! Here’s to a great summer!

 


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Tyler J. McCall is a WNC native, non-profit director and blogger who loves fancy cocktails, Southern food, trashy TV, and road trips. For more posts about Asheville, home decor, food and cocktails, visit Tyler's blog at leavesandbeards.com