Lavender martini recipe
I can’t help but feel the excitement building up as my friend’s birthday is coming. She loves all things in purple, so I’ve been brainstorming the perfect birthday surprise. And what better way to celebrate than with a delicious drink that complements her favorite Orange Blossom Cake? After some research, I’ve settled on the idea of crafting a Lavender Martini. Its soothing lavender hue seems like the perfect match for her vibrant personality. I can already picture her delighted smile as she takes the first sip.
The Lavender Martini is a delightful and aromatic variation of the classic Martini that infuses the subtle, floral notes of lavender into the mix. With a light purple color combined with its fragrant aroma, this drink is an excellent choice for this birthday.
Lavender syrup is a key ingredient in this purple Martini. Since I couldn’t find this in time, I would make it at home by infusing sugar and water with dried culinary lavender buds. This syrup not only imparts a lovely lavender fragrance but also provides a subtle sweetness to balance the drink’s flavors. This is how to make Lavender Martini:
For the Martini
- 2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz triple sec or orange liqueur
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Ice cubes
- Fresh lavender sprig and lemon twist for garnish optional
For lavender syrup
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
- 1 tbsp of dried culinary lavender buds.
Make the Lavender Syrup
- In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
- Add 1 tablespoon of dried culinary lavender buds.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat, stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved. Let it simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat.
- Allow the lavender syrup to cool completely, then strain out the lavender buds.
- Store the syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Prepare the Martini
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Pour 2 oz of gin, 1/2 oz of lavender syrup, 1/2 oz of triple sec, and 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice into the shaker.
- Secure the shaker's lid and shake for about 15-20 seconds if you prefer a well-chilled, slightly diluted martini with a frothy top. Alternatively, stir the mixture gently if you prefer a smoother, stronger martini.
- Strain the Lavender Martini mixture into a chilled martini glass.
- If desired, garnish your Lavender Martini with a fresh sprig of lavender and a twist of lemon peel for a visually appealing touch.
- Sip and savor your Lavender Martini. It's a fragrant and elegant cocktail with a touch of floral sweetness and a citrusy zing.
With the Lavender Martini, you can experiment with variations to suit your palate. Here are some ideas about this lavender cocktail you can try:
– Lavender-Lemon Twist Martini: Add a lemon twist to the Lavender Martini for an extra burst of citrusy flavor. You can also rim the glass with lemon zest or sugar for an added dimension.
– Lavender-Infused Gin/Vodka: Instead of using lavender syrup, infuse your gin or vodka with dried culinary lavender buds for a few days before making the martini. This imparts a more intense lavender flavor.
– Lavender Earl Grey Martini: For a unique twist, combine lavender with Earl Grey tea to create a Lavender Earl Grey Martini. Infuse the gin or vodka with loose-leaf Earl Grey tea and add lavender syrup for a complex and aromatic flavor profile.
– Lavender Honey Martini: Substitute the lavender syrup with lavender-infused honey for a sweeter and richer Lavender-Honey Martini. Adjust the sweetness to your liking.
– Lavender Berry Martini: You can add a handful of mixed berries like raspberries and blueberries to your purple martini drink. The lavender’s subtle floral notes beautifully complement the vibrant berry flavors, creating a visually stunning and delicious drink.
– Lavender Vanilla Martini: If you want your purple martini recipe to have a dessert-inspired twist, try infusing your lavender martini with vanilla vodka.