Lemon Drop Lavender Martinis and Herb-Infused Ice Cubes

Looking for a fun summertime cocktail?  If you can make lemonade, then you can easily make this recipe for Lemon Drop Lavender Martinis.  It’s simply homemade lemonade with vodka and a hint of lavender.   If you would rather not have alcohol, then just skip the vodka.   

For an added touch, make lavender infused ice cubes.  They are super simple and an easy way to spruce up a cocktail or a glass of water.  Here is how.

 

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Lavender-Infused Ice Cubes

Making herb-infused ice cubes is really as simple as having ice cube trays on hand, boiled or distilled water and fresh lavender (or any other edible, fresh herb or flower).  

I had been wanting to try this for years and finally had an excuse to do it.  It is a fun way to add some pizzazz to a cocktail or plain ‘ol water.

  • Using scissors, snip off enough lavender flowers or herbs to add to the ice cube tray(s).  You can use as little or as many flowers/herbs as you want, depending on how many ice cubes you would like to make.  
  • Pour either distilled or cooled boiling water into the flower-filled ice cube trays. Using boiled or distilled water will help achieve a more translucent-looking ice cube than using water straight from the tap.
  • Place ice cube trays in freezer until frozen.
  • Pop the cubes out of the tray(s) and place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to use.  

 

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Lemon Drop Lavender Martinis

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed (or we like the organic lemon juice from Costco)
  • 1 cup Sugar (note that if you use raw sugar, the mixture will turn a brownish color)
  • 12 sprigs of Fresh Organic Lavender (If you don’t have fresh lavender on hand, you can purchase dried, edible Lavender Blossoms from Penzey’s Spice and use 2 Tbsp. of the dried variety.)  
  • 1 cup Vodka 

Tip:  If you need to make more or less, just remember that it is equal parts water, lemon juice, sugar, and vodka.

Combine water, lemon juice, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Stir often so the sugar does not burn on the bottom of the pan.  Stir until sugar is completely dissolved or mixture comes to a soft boil.  Turn off heat and add in lavender. Allow lavender to steep until mixture is cool.  Add cooled mixture to a large pitcher and then add in vodka.  You can adjust taste by adding more water and/or vodka depending on how strong you would like the drink.

Serve in a martini glass or tumbler along with a couple of lavender infused ice cubes. (Feel free to rim the glass with sugar by running a lemon slice around the edge and dipping into lavender blossom sugar).   To make lavender blossom sugar, take a 1/4 cup of fine sugar and add 1 Tbsp. Penzey’s Lavender Blossoms and stir.  

Enjoy!

Elayne

www.sharingourlifeloveandfood.com

 

 

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