Lavender Gin Gimlet

by autumn on March 28, 2014

Lavender Gin Gimlet // Autumn Makes & Does

On Alphabet Soup, Kelly and I have a segment called “cocktail memoirs.” A cocktail memoir is a cocktail that tells a story and listeners send their celebrations or sad times from the week and we make them a drink. Sometimes we make cocktail memoirs to commemorate the madness in our own day-to-day lives.

This drink was inspired by a listener request, but it turned out too well not to share here too. Be sure to subscribe and tune in Tuesday for the full story on this cocktail. And if you need Kelly an I to make you a drink, just let us know!

Lavender Gin Gimlet // Autumn Makes & Does

Until then, you know I’ve been loving lavender lately. As much as I am into making things like rhubarb shrubs and lovage simple syrups, sometimes a quick, fresh cocktail is in order. This relies on a fast infusion of dried lavender buds in agave that happens right in the cocktail shaker for a just-right lavender flavor. This drink is basically a simple but herbaceous take on a gin sour or a gin gimlet–the perfect thing to make your go-to spring sip.

Happy Friday!

Lavender Gin Gimlet
Recipe Type: Drinks
Author: Autumn Giles
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Serves: 1
A simple, herbaceous take on a gin gimlet with lime, lavender, and agave.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried culinary lavender
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces london dry gin
  1. Place the lavender buds in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Crush them with the back of a wooden spoon to help release the flavor. Add the lavender and let sit while you juice the limes and measure your gin, at least 5 minutes.
  2. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and add the lime juice and gin.
  3. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds.
  4. Using a fine mesh strainer, pour into a coupe glass and garnish with a sprig of lavender if you have it.




Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Aimee @ Simple Bites March 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

That tray!!

This is perfect in every way. Have a great weekend!


2 autumn March 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

Thanks, Aimee! It didn’t take long for the thrifted cocktail tray to make an appearance :) You too!


3 Kathryn March 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I love the sound of this – I can see it quickly becoming my cocktail of the season!


4 autumn March 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

Thanks Kathryn!


5 Kelly @ Kelly Bakes March 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Love seeing this in real life (sort of. you know what I mean). <3


6 autumn March 29, 2014 at 10:21 am



7 Erika March 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Love love this.. Gin is a very good friend of mine..


8 autumn March 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

<3 Thanks, Erika.


9 Eileen March 28, 2014 at 11:19 pm

This cocktail sounds fantastic! It’s such a great, simple variation on the classic martini. Definitely perfect for Friday night happy hour.


10 autumn March 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

Cheers, Eileen! :)


11 Nicole April 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

This is so pretty and I would totally order it at a restaurant, so of course, I should make it at home! Thanks for sharing :)


12 autumn April 1, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Totally do-able at home, but fancy-restaurant seeming!


13 Cailin April 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

This is fantastic! I can’t wait to try it 😉


14 autumn April 1, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Thanks Cailin 😉 Glad you like it!


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