Perfect Summer Cocktail: Lavender Martini

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During our girlfriends’ getaway to Charleston a few weeks back, we discovered something delicious:

the lavender martini

Typically that isn’t something I’d order, let alone drink, but since it came highly recommended we decided to try it out.  Which led us here to Cypress, located just a few steps away from our hotel.

We decided to order one for a taste.  Four girls, one martini.

Yeah, that lasted about 5 seconds.  After quickly ordering three more we were true believers in the power of the lavender martini!  And maybe we ordered a few more, but I’ll never tell.

:: slurp ::

What did it taste like?  Crisp lemon, fresh vanilla, with a teeny tiny almost-too-small-to-notice hint of lavender.

The next day our first order of business was to hunt down the recipe.  Once home, the second order of business was to find lavender syrup.  You can make your own, but my lavender plant still looks like this and is nowhere near ready for drinking:

I found lavender simple syrup on Amazon (is there anything you can’t get there?) but specialty and/or gourmet stores in your area might carry it.  Yes, it’s a bit pricey when you add in the shipping but I’m counting on the bottle to last the entire summer so it’s totally worth it for a summer-long signature cocktail.

Plus I’m growing my own mint for mojitos, so I’m saving money there, right?

Back to the martini.  Here’s the recipe, it’s very very easy!

 

  •  1  1/2 ounces vanilla flavored vodka
  •  1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  •  1/4 ounce lavender syrup (sometimes I add a little more, to boost the flavor a bit)

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.  Add the vodka, lemon juice, and syrup:

Shake it all up, strain into martini glass, garnish with a lemon swirl or sprig of lavender, and voila!

My secret is I’ve been using Walmart brand lemon juice when I’m out of lemons.  YES, fresh is indeed best but this is a fine substitute in a pinch.

So, who’s up for a party?  Meet you on the deck at 6!

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17 Comments

  1. This sounds soooo yummy! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. I love your “about me” and look forward to looking through your blog. I’m a new follower and hope you come back to my blog and visit sometime soon.

  2. Oh…my….YUM! Thanks for posting this. I must try it out! I *might* even try to make my own lavender syrup but we’ll see about that! 😀

    New follower!

  3. Come on over, BabbyMama! And Mandi, let me know how it turns out… I’m so curious how it will taste homemade. Ches, WELCOME!

  4. YUMMY! I’m sure yours is just as de-lish as Cypress’ was! Wish I was with you, on your beautiful back porch, sipping one away! (or two…or three!) 😉

  5. Hi,

    Im here visiting from SITS!!
    These cocktails aound amazing….in fact my next cocktail night is soon so maybe have to give them a go! The recipie has been bookmarked!
    Thanks again
    xx

  6. THAT looks so refreshing! I’m sorry I have flaked on the 31DBBB – life got in the way – I need to catch up now!

  7. This drink is amazing – I had one in a restaurant and HAD to find the recipe! One more thing you can do to make it extra special is put powdered sugar around the rim of the glass.

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  11. Yum, that looks amazing! Turned out a pretty color too. 🙂 Pinning this, and I’m stopping by to let you know I featured this on my blog today as part of a roundup of 25 Refreshing Summer Cocktails! Feel free to stop by and grab a Featured button if you’d like, and thanks again for the great recipe!

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