Drink of the Month: Lavender Cocktail (with Lavender Fondue!)

Yesterday Jenny, Brittany and I had a little Lavender Party in Britt's back garden to celebrate the unseasonably warm weather that we've had here in Seattle. 
Here is the recipe we used for our yummy Lavender Cocktails
2-3 oz Gin 
3/4 oz Lavender Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1 dash Bitters
2-3 sprigs Mint


Muddle mint sprigs in lime juice, bitters and simple syrup. Add gin and ice, shake, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf and lavender. 



Jenny made the delicious Lavender Syrup beforehand:
• 1/4 cup Lavender Flowers (stripped from stalk)
• 1 cup Sugar
• 1 cup Water
Add ingredients to a pot. Heat while stirring with a spoon until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let sit for 2 hours. Strain into a bottle or other container, and store in the refrigerator. 
We also had a delicious Lavender Goat Cheese Fondue using the Palace Kitchen's recipe!
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup dry Riesling 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) herb-flavor fresh chèvre (goat) cheese
  • Pepper
  • Fuji apples (1/2 lb. each), rinsed, cored, and sliced 
  • Preparation
    • In a 1- to 2-quart pan or fondue pan over high heat, boil wine and lavender until reduced to 1/4 cup, 6 to 8 minutes.
    • Reduce heat to medium-high, add chèvre, and stir until boiling, about 4 minutes. Add pepper to taste. Set pan over a candle or on an electric warming tray.
    • Use forks or thin wood skewers to spear bread and apple slices and dunk them into fondue.

  • PS. Brittany prepared the other delish dishes you see above including the Japanese Cucumber Salad and Cilantro Lime White Bean Hummus

  • (Cocktail recipe inspired by Cocktail VirginPhotos by our own Jenny of JKoe Photography).

8 comments

  1. How fun! I so wish I had a backyard to throw impromptu parties with friends in. But that cocktail looks just delicious! I'll definitely need to tell me husband about that one {he's the bartender in the family...}.

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  2. Oh my gosh, I have to try this... Looks delicious... Hope you are well my friend.

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  3. Fabulous cocktails and fondue! I think I need to try incorporating lavender into more of what I serve. It adds an interesting twist. I also love cocktails that include herbs like basil or rosemary.

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    1. Me too! Maybe basil cocktails for July drink of the month? http://www.thekitchn.com/even-more-basil-cocktails-stra-51605

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