I’ve been told that I am the epitome of girly when making a drink selection. Will it come in a nice glass? Does it contain champagne? Can it be pink?
I have a penchant for fancy drinks, so shoot me!
Don’t get me wrong, I love a bottle of Miller High Life, but there is something about holding a drink on a stem that makes me feel like a woman. Give me basil, rosemary or thyme. Orange blossom, rose-water or agave. The more unusual, the better. I will try anything once.
I used to bartend at Fiddlers Green, an Irish bar in San Francisco, and that was more pints of Guinness and shots of Jager than Lemon Drops, so I am by no means an expert when it comes to concocting cocktails.
But I figure that if I insist a bartender slave away to make some crazy creation for me, then I should be able to give it a go myself. It certainly costs considerably less if you take the DIY approach!
I found myself home alone, wait for it… on a Saturday night. To mark this very rare occasion I decided to rustle up something I have been planning to try for a while – lavender simple syrup.
I created this using 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup of lavender flowers. Combine all three in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until boiling gently for about 5 minutes. Take off the heat, cover and let the lavender steep for about 30 minutes. It definitely isn’t a case of the longer you leave it, the better it tastes. 30 minutes is all you need for sufficient lavender flavour.
Lavender simple syrup done. Now what?
Must be martini time!
- 4 oz gin
- 2 oz lavender simple syrup
- juice of one small lemon
- Take a martini glass and fill with ice and water.
- Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Empty the martini glass* and strain contents of the cocktail shaker into it.
- ENJOY! Ideally while watching sex and the city re-runs.
*You can sugar the rim if you are feeling fancy!
I am not a believer in garnishing drinks with something that you can’t eat, so I just left it to look pretty all by itself. It certainly hit the spot. Not too sweet, not overpoweringly lavendery, and nice and strong. I will definitely be making these on my next girls night.