I love a good glass of red wine. Sipping on a full-bodied red in a beautiful wine glass while cooking dinner is my jam. It’s my relax time, especially when you add in listening to music and catching up with my husband, all at the same time.
I also love to entertain and come up with fun cocktails to pair with my dishes for my drinking guests to try. And, the martini is often one of those cocktails. Dirty, of course.
Well, culinary lavender has been a curiosity of mine for a long time, and I recently started experimenting with it in my recipes. It’s amazing when it’s infused in homemade almond milk, in a latte, in a chocolate ganache torte, vegan cheesecake, or even a popsicle. I must admit, it is also pretty tasty when paired with a good gin, like Hendricks, that already has a bit of a fruity note to it. Yes, it’s the perfect, fragrant summertime drink on a hot summer night in the backyard with friends.
The other day, while boiling water to steep some lavender, I had a lightbulb moment and this recipe was born. Meet my lavender martini.
You’re welcome and cheers!
Yield 1 cocktail
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender buds Lavender Flower Buds
- 1 cup water
- 2-3 drops liquid stevia
- 1 ounce of a high quality gin (I like Hendricks)
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/4 ounce lavender water, recipe below
- 1/4 ounce vermouth
- COMBINE. In a small heatproof bowl, pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 tablespoons dried lavender buds.
- STEEP. Cover with a towel and steep for 30 minutes.
- STRAIN. Strain the lavender infusion through a fine sieve placed over a small jar and discard the solids.
- SWEETEN. Add 1-3 drops of stevia, depending on how sweet you like it.
- CHILL. Place lid on jar and refrigerate until cold.
- SHAKE. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, lime juice, vermouth, and the lavender infusion. Shake well.
- STRAIN. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lime twist.
LIME TWIST. To make a lime twist, use a pairing knife and slowly cut around the lime taking off a long strip of the lime skin. Twist the lime skin into a spiral and place on edge of martini glass.