My newest concoction with Drink of the Week is the Lemon Lavender Cocktail. In it, we used champagne, gin, lemon and lavender from my yard, and some of the limoncello I recently made. (If you don’t have homemade limoncello, don’t worry, the store-bought kind works great.)
The Lemon Lavender Cocktail is delightful. It’s subtle and refreshing, with a faint aroma of lavender and the citrus-y brightness of lemon. But you can’t taste the gin at all, so be careful with this one.
This champagne cocktail is perfect for a wedding, anniversary, or any other romantic celebration. Here’s the recipe:
Lemon Lavender Cocktail
(makes one cocktail)
2 sprigs of lavender flowers
1 oz gin
1 oz limoncello
1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Champagne to top
Using your fingers, strip the lavender flowers from the stem and combine with the limoncello and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Thoroughly muddle the lavender so that the flowers release their oils into the lemon liquids. Add the gin and ice and shake. Strain the alcohol into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Garnish with a lavender flower, if desired. Enjoy!
If you want a more pronounced lavender flavor and aroma in the drink, after you muddle the flowers with the lemon and limoncello, leave it steeping for 5-10 minutes so that the oil has a chance to bond with the other liquids. Or, alternately, simply put extra sprigs of lavender in as a garnish. Lovely!