If April showers bring May flowers, then June is all about the lavender. When spring turns to summer, farms around the country begin harvesting blue mountains of lavender buds. This year, I was lucky enough to celebrate this auspicious (and fragrant) harvest at one of my favorite farms – Star Bright Farms in White Hall, Maryland. Afterwards, I was so inspired by my newly-acquired pile of fragrant lavender petals that I was determined to use them in a cocktail. Enter, the Lavender Gin Fizz.
Want to learn more about Star Bright Farm? Check out my guide here!
A little goes a long way with lavender – too much can taste soapy and too little barely makes an impact. However, the classic Gin Fizz is a perfect vehicle to pair with a floral ingredient. Gin is a botanical spirit so it pairs beautifully with the lavender. The lemon brightens up the cocktail and the egg white provides a lovely creamy finish. It’s a little sweet, a little tart, and impossible to put down.
The Lavender Gin Fizz
Makes 2 servings, to share with a friend or enjoy alone with a good book and some sunshine!
- 4 oz gin
- 2o z lemon juice
- 2 oz lavender simple syrup*
- 2 egg whites
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice. Vigorously shake for 60 seconds to incorporate and build up a nice frothy foam. Add another 60 seconds for an extra workout. Split between two coup glasses and make sure to top each glass with extra foam and a sprig of lavender for garnish. Drink while still chilled and enjoy!
*To make the lavender simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup hot water, and 2 tablespoons dried organic lavender buds (adjust lavender to taste). Allow to steep and come down to room temperature. Strain out the lavender and chill until you’re ready to use.
Feeling even more adventurous? Consider using foraged botanicals to make a Gin Fizz inspired by your natural surroundings. You can keep things extra local by patronizing your local purveyors for ingredients Perhaps swap out the Hendricks for a splash of Green Hat Gin, or eggs from your local farmers market. However you make it, I hope you enjoy!
P.S. A big thank you to the lovely Heather from Heather Bien, who gamely joined me in making these cocktails (and did most of the hard work with our cocktail shaker!) Keep an eye out for more botanical-inspired cocktail collaborations in the future.