Lavender Flowers

Lavender is the dried flower of Lavendula angustifolia. Lavender flowers are used for their warm relaxing scent in a variety of applications including potpourri, essential oils, and even baking.

Lavender Flowers
Lavender Flowers

The musky notes of lavender can be detected in some brands of gin, and it often appears as an ingredient in homemade gin recipes.

Lavender also works well as a tincture on its own, or blended with other floral flavors in bitters recipes. Cocktails using lavender bitters include Lavender Lady 3.

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Lavender Lady #3

Back story: I wanted to call the drink “Lavender Lady”, riffing on the cocktail’s color and the name of the Pink Lady cocktail. Unfortunately the name is already taken by something I personally wouldn’t drink … of all the tragedies.  (If you really must know, the recipe is here.) There’s also a “Loft Lavender Lady”, so I did what any mixologist would: tacked a “3” onto the end of my version!

Lavender Lady #3 - An Aviation variation
Lavender Lady #3 – An Aviation variation

2 ounces Absolut Citron
.5 ounce Creme de Violette
4 dashes (or to taste) lavender bitters, such as Embitterment (pictured)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a long, wide swath of lemon zest.

The flavor is dainty and floral, very evocative of summer time.

Mixologist note: this drink can be served as an alternative to the Aviator, for folks who find the flavor of gin overpowering. The citrus and lavender hint at the gin, without juniper notes overwhelming the rest of the flavor.

Optional: enhance the citrus flavor with lemon bitters. Avoid adding lemon juice, as it will affect the delicate color of this cocktail.