Lavender and blueberries are a great combination even though I’ve never put them together before. This lovely cocktail though is truly out of the ordinary and was an unexpected but very pleasant surprise for me!
The other day I bought 5 pounds of sumptuous fresh blueberries, and decided I just had to make my Sugar Crunch Blueberry Batter Cake recipe. The only problem with that was it was 30 degrees outside, and turning the oven on wasn’t the smartest idea. Normally our summer weather isn’t a problem and the island is usually nice and cool. However, last summer and now this July has been very dry and hot! So, in actuality, this recipe was inspired from necessity; I had no choice but to go relax on my deck and cool down. I know, poor me!
I sat staring at all the bees happily buzzing around the lovely purple spikes of lavender at the front of the house, all the while thinking you little guys certainly picked the right flower to make your honey. Lavender has a refreshing aroma which is instantly unleashed when you run your hands through the plant. I have this irresistible urge to do that every time I walk by the flowers.
My lavender is situated next to the rosemary, and I actually think the two plants have a very similar fragrance. There were about a hundred beautiful purple flower buds for the bees to choose from. Contentedly relaxing on the deck I started to munch on a handful of my fresh blueberries. It occurred to me it must be getting close to 5:00 (somewhere) and I was starting to get thirsty!
The light bulb moment came on in my brain at that instant, as I looked at my blueberries and the lavender, hence the Lavender Blue Martini idea was born!
I love it when that happens. And so I eagerly snipped off some lavender flowers and ran back into my hot kitchen to concoct a decadent cocktail.
First I decided I would need simple syrup flavoured with lavender, which really is surprisingly easy to make; it takes a few minutes to boil and cool down. I didn’t want too many lavender flowers added because I feared it would taste like soap, so I tried 1 tablespoon and that seemed just right.
Next, I needed to check what alcohol I had in the house, and make my drink. The recipe I created turned out to be a take on a classic Martini, since I had both Gin and Dry Vermouth on hand. After a few attempts with combinations (my husband was the guinea pig), I think I finally got it right, so it wasn’t sickening sweet, and that the lavender didn’t dominate the flavours. What do you think, would you agree that this is a very pretty and elegant drink? A beautiful cocktail that will make you want to share it with a few of your friends.
Presenting…Lavender Blue Martini! It’s a decadent summer indulgence that is sure to please!
- 15-20 fresh blueberries (depending on the depth of colour you want to achieve)
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Lavender Syrup
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 ounces (60 ml) Gin
- 1 ounce (30 ml) Dry Vermouth
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lavender flowers
- 1 or 2 fresh blueberries for tinting the syrup a pale purple colour
- In a mixing glass muddle blueberries with the Lavender Syrup and lemon juice.
- Strain using a fine sieve or cheesecloth, and pour into a shaker to which several ice cubes have been added.
- Add Gin and Vermouth.
- Shake well and strain into a Martini glass.
- Garnish with blueberries or a lavender spike.
- Stir sugar into the water and add the lavender flowers and blueberries. Bring ingredients to a boil, then lower to a simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. Remove from heat, then strain and bottle. Refrigerate.