Lavender Martini Cocktail Drink

Lavender Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you’re looking for a standout cocktail, this lavender martini recipe has you covered! With select ingredients, it’s a drink you can easily make and love.

Easy Lavender Martini Recipe

Unwind with our lavender martini recipe! Crafted with gin, lavender simple syrup, and a hint of lemon, this delightful cocktail is a summer favorite.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

172 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ½ oz lavender simple syrup
  • ½ oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • Lavender sprig, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Martini Glass
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Chill the Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer for a few hours to chill or fill it with ice cubes and stir it.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, combine ½ oz lemon juice, ½ oz lavender simple syrup, and 2 oz Gin.
  • Shake: Add ice cubes to the shaker and shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Strain and Pour: Strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass without ice cubes.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a sprig of lavender.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: Sometimes, I swap gin with vodka for a milder taste. Another exciting alternative I've tried is using botanical, non-alcoholic spirits.
  • Lavender Simple Syrup: If you can't find lavender, rosemary makes a nice herbal substitute for the syrup. To make it, follow the same steps you'd use for lavender syrup, but replace lavender with rosemary.

Making a Pitcher of Lavender Martini:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, use 16 oz of gin, 4 oz of lavender simple syrup, and 4 oz of lemon juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the gin, lavender simple syrup, and lemon juice. Stir thoroughly and put the pitcher in the refrigerator.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled martini glasses, garnish with lavender, and serve.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic gin or a botanical spirit. They provide a herbaceous kick without the alcohol.
  • Proceed: Use the non-alcoholic substitute instead of gin and follow the original steps. You'll have a refreshing, non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The original recipe is inherently vegan. If you ever buy pre-made lavender simple syrup, always check the label to ensure no animal-derived products or additives are present.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
172
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
25
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Lavender Martini Cocktail Drink

Easy Lavender Martini Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Unwind with our lavender martini recipe! Crafted with gin, lavender simple syrup, and a hint of lemon, this delightful cocktail is a summer favorite.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 172

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ½ oz lavender simple syrup
  • ½ oz lemon juice - freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • Lavender sprig - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Martini Glass
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Chill the Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer for a few hours to chill or fill it with ice cubes and stir it.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, combine ½ oz lemon juice, ½ oz lavender simple syrup, and 2 oz Gin.
  • Shake: Add ice cubes to the shaker and shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Strain and Pour: Strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass without ice cubes.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a sprig of lavender.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: Sometimes, I swap gin with vodka for a milder taste. Another exciting alternative I've tried is using botanical, non-alcoholic spirits.
  • Lavender Simple Syrup: If you can't find lavender, rosemary makes a nice herbal substitute for the syrup. To make it, follow the same steps you'd use for lavender syrup, but replace lavender with rosemary.

Making a Pitcher of Lavender Martini:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, use 16 oz of gin, 4 oz of lavender simple syrup, and 4 oz of lemon juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the gin, lavender simple syrup, and lemon juice. Stir thoroughly and put the pitcher in the refrigerator.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled martini glasses, garnish with lavender, and serve.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic gin or a botanical spirit. They provide a herbaceous kick without the alcohol.
  • Proceed: Use the non-alcoholic substitute instead of gin and follow the original steps. You'll have a refreshing, non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The original recipe is inherently vegan. If you ever buy pre-made lavender simple syrup, always check the label to ensure no animal-derived products or additives are present.

What is a Lavender Martini Cocktail?

A lavender martini is a gin cocktail infused with lavender simple syrup and a touch of lemon. This drink owes its unique charm to the calming aroma of lavender paired with gin’s botanicals. While its elegant appearance might suggest complexity, crafting a lavender martini is straightforward and uncomplicated.

A side shot of a Lavender Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a light pink marmol table with lavender sprigs, a red cloth, a jigger and two lemons around.

What is a Lavender Martini Drink made of – The ingredients

For making a Lavender Martini, gather together these:

  • Gin: The primary spirit that provides the foundational alcoholic base and botanical notes.
  • Lavender Simple Syrup: Adds a floral sweetness and imbues the drink with a calming lavender aroma.
  • Lemon Juice: Introduces a zesty kick, balancing the sweetness and adding brightness to the cocktail.
  • Ice Cubes: Chills the drink and dilutes the mixture slightly for a smoother taste.
  • Lavender Sprig (optional for garnish): Enhances presentation and reinforces the lavender scent with each sip.

Gin, lavender simple syrup and lemons laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Lavender Martini?

To make an outstanding Lavender Martini, follow our easy guide:

1
<p>Start by placing a martini glass in the freezer for a few hours or fill it with ice cubes and stir it, to chill the glass.</p>

Start by placing a martini glass in the freezer for a few hours or fill it with ice cubes and stir it, to chill the glass.

2
<p> Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.</p>

Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.

3
<p>Add lavender simple syrup to the shaker.</p>

Add lavender simple syrup to the shaker.

4
<p>Pour gin into the cocktail shaker.</p>

Pour gin into the cocktail shaker.

5
<p>Fill three-quarters of the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill three-quarters of the shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Seal the shaker tightly.</p>

Seal the shaker tightly.

7
<p>Shake the mixture vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels cold.</p>

Shake the mixture vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels cold.

8
<p>Take out your chilled martini glass from the freezer or remove the ice cubes from the glass.</p>

Take out your chilled martini glass from the freezer or remove the ice cubes from the glass.

9
<p>Strain the mixture from the shaker into the martini glass, ensuring no ice gets into the glass. </p>

Strain the mixture from the shaker into the martini glass, ensuring no ice gets into the glass.

10
<p>Garnish the drink with a sprig of lavender to enhance its visual appeal and aroma.</p>

Garnish the drink with a sprig of lavender to enhance its visual appeal and aroma.

11
<p>Enjoy your Lavender Martini!</p>

Enjoy your Lavender Martini!

Best Gin for a Lavender Martini

When crafting a lavender martini, the choice of gin plays a pivotal role in striking the right balance with the floral notes. Opt for gins that lean into their botanical profiles as they meld seamlessly with the aromatic essence of lavender. With its sharp juniper punch, Tanqueray complements the softness of lavender, adding depth to your Martini. On the other hand, Bombay Sapphire brings in a nuanced mix of botanicals that can elevate the cocktail’s complexity. But if you’re hunting for a perfect pairing, Hendrick’s Gin might be your winner. Its subtle rose and cucumber undertones harmonize beautifully with the lavender, making each sip of your Martini a symphony of flavors. So, while you can experiment with various brands, a bottle of Hendrick’s might be the ideal starting point for you.

A Lavender Martini cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a light pink marmol table with lavender sprigs and lemons around.

What is St Germain Liqueur

Introducing St. Germain to your lavender martini is like discovering an unexpected harmony in a favorite song. This elderflower liqueur, known for its floral elegance, beautifully accentuates the lavender’s aromatic profile. The delicate sweetness of St. Germain dances effortlessly with the subtle lavender notes, creating a drink that’s both familiar and refreshingly new. A hint of St. Germain is genuinely transformative if you want to elevate your lavender martini experience. 

Can I make a Lavender Martini with Vodka?

Shifting gears from the traditional gin-based lavender martini, using vodka introduces a clean slate that lets the lavender genuinely shine. Vodka’s neutral palette becomes the perfect canvas for the delicate floral notes of lavender to stand out. Brands like Tito’s and Grey Goose offer that smooth, crisp essence ideal for this drink. Tito’s handmade vodka has gained a reputation for its impeccable clarity and neutrality. So, if you’re a vodka fan and are keen on experiencing the cocktail with a twist, going with Tito’s might be your best bet. It’s all about celebrating the lavender without any other botanical distractions.

A side shot of a Lavender Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a light pink marmol table with lavender sprigs and two lemons around.

History and Origin of the Lavender Martini

The history of the lavender martini is not as clear-cut as some other classic cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned or the Martini. However, here’s a concise overview:

The Martini itself has roots dating back to the late 19th century. Over the years, bartenders and enthusiasts have sought to innovate and introduce new flavors and profiles to this iconic drink. In this evolving landscape of mixology, floral infusions, especially using botanicals like rose, elderflower, and, of course, lavender, became popular.

Lavender, historically, has had culinary, medicinal, and aromatic uses across various cultures, notably in the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia. Its inclusion in drinks isn’t a modern invention. People have infused wines, teas, and even early spirit concoctions with lavender for centuries, given its calming properties and fragrant aroma.

With the craft cocktail movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, bartenders began exploring these historical flavors in contemporary drinks. The marriage of lavender with the Martini was likely an experimental endeavor by a bartender seeking to combine gin’s botanicals with the aromatic essence of lavender. The resulting cocktail offers a unique spin on the traditional Martini, balancing floral notes with the crispness of gin.

A Lavender Martini cocktail, shot from above, on a white marmol table with a gin bottle, a lavender simple syrup bottle, lavender sprig and two lemons around.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a lavender martini?
A standard lavender martini contains approximately 180-220 calories, depending on the specific ingredients and serving size.
How strong is a lavender martini in terms of alcohol content?
Generally, a lavender martini has an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a lavender martini?
The primary alcohol in a lavender martini is gin, which pairs well with the floral notes of lavender.
In what type of glass is a lavender martini usually served?
It is typically served in a martini or coupe glass.
What does a lavender martini taste like?
A lavender martini offers a delicate balance of botanicals from the gin, floral notes from the lavender, and a slight citrusy zest, making it aromatic and refreshing.
What is the typical ratio of ingredients in a lavender martini?
The common ratio is 2 parts gin, ½ part lavender simple syrup and lemon juice, though this can vary based on personal preferences.
How is the lavender martini served with ice?
The cocktail is usually shaken with ice to chill and then strained into a glass, serving it "up" without ice in the final presentation.

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