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!
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.
- ½ teaspoon dried culinary lavender
- 1 tablespoon agave
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces london dry gin
- 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.
- Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and add the lime juice and gin.
- Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, pour into a coupe glass and garnish with a sprig of lavender if you have it.