Sunday, June 12, 2016
Happy Hour: Lavender Lady
I've been experimenting with gin cocktails lately. Gin is so refreshing as it gets warmer outside.
I didn't used to be a fan of gin. Although my first-ever cocktail was a Singapore Sling (when I was not quite legal age), I found gin to be a little harsh when I was younger. I particularly disliked the combination of gin and tonic, which tasted like pine trees to me.
It's amazing how our tastebuds change as we age. Now I will seek out a refreshing gin or complex bourbon cocktail on a menu instead of something safe and sweet.
This cocktail is based on the "Lady" cocktails popular after prohibition. A Pink Lady is gin, grenadine and eggwhite. A White Lady is gin, Cointreau and lemon juice. I love the White Lady, so I thought I'd try to make a Lavender Lady with lavender from my garden.
I made a lavender simple syrup by mixing a cup of sugar with a cup of water and steeping 5 sprigs of fresh lavender in the syrup as it heats. I left the lavender in the syrup to strain as it cooled, for about an hour, creating a subtle, floral syrup.
Mix 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce lavender syrup and 1 ounce fresh lemon juice in a cocktail mixer half filled with ice. Shake until the mixer is cold and frosty on the outside, about 30 seconds.
Pour the drink into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of lavender. It's not a purple drink, but it is light, floral, refreshing, and very lady-like.