Lavender has such a unique floral aroma, with several uses and applications: teas, oils, and cosmetics are just some examples.
As we saw with the Lavender Collins, it can add a beautiful fragrant complexity to cocktails as well. It proved to be a big hit on social media and at parties, with people asking me for other lavender cocktail recipes.
With that in mind, I decided that a sour would be my next creation (and any time I can find an excuse to add egg white to my cocktail, I’ll do it).
This one’s called the Lilac Spring.
1 ½ oz gin
½ oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
½ oz Giffard Crème de Violette Liqueur
½ oz lavender syrup
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz egg white
Flowers or sprig of mint for garnish
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain out the ice, then dry shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with flowers or mint sprig.
Check out this other post to learn how to make lavender syrup.
As with the Lavender Collins, the lavender in this cocktail is subtle, but smoother since it doesn’t have the fizz from the club soda to contend with. You get just enough elderflower and crème de violette to add those extra floral elements, but the gin prevents it from becoming an overly sweet drink.
It’s a perfect drink for the summer time. It’s sweet, sour, and smells like your mother’s garden.
You may be surprised by the complexity that lavender brings to cocktails – I know I was.
I guess I’ll have to get started on the next concoction before demand springs up again.