Last weekend some friends and I had drinks at Sambuca in Nashville. I had a wonderful lavender martini and I'd love to replicate it at home.
The menu said it had Skyy Citrus Vodka ( yes I know... No such thing as a vodka martini :p) and a hint of lavender. Any ideas as to where/how they got a hint of lavender?
Hi! Not sure about Sambuca in Nashville, but I enjoyed a similar cocktail this summer and made it at home with lavender simple syrup.
LAVENDER SIMPLE SYRUP
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup water
1 ½ tablespoons dried lavender
Bring ingredients to a boil.
When sugar is completely dissolved, let cool and store in the fridge. Strain lavender buds before using in your drink.
Feel free to double–I make half batches at a time since it’s so easy to throw together…and the Yankee in me hates to throw anything away!
The bar where I had this in my hometown used Stoli Vanil, so looks like you have options in the flavored vodka category.
And now, for the cocktail part of the program.
Pour 1/4 cup Stoli Vanil (or Skyy Citrus Vodka, if you prefer) over ice.
Squeeze a wedge of lemon.
Add 1 tablespoon of lavender simple syrup.
Add a splash of sparkling Pellegrino or soda/seltzer.
Stir with a straw and enjoy!
Pics here. Lavender simple syrup is really quite pretty!
Another way to get the hint of lavender without simple syrup would be to find lavender citrus tea forte:
I've got some on order from my local Nordstrom of all places, if you can believe it! They are fancy little pyramids of tea. Definitely will add flair, and what's not to love about a little flair?
OP, glad to hear you realize this isn't an actual martini.
That said, this drink, to me, sounds leaps and bounds better with gin than vodka. Floral things and gin are bff. Vodka adds nothing to a drink other than booze.
I'd use gin, lavender simple and some type of cirtus. Sounds tasty.
The idea of a lavender Martini sounds interesting: Gin, Vermouth, and Scrappy's Lavender bitters in lieu of orange bitters. I'm not a huge floral guy and I've never tried these bitters, but it would be interesting to make a Martini, rather than (with tart citrus, I presume) a sour.
Another thought would be an Aviation variant using lavender in lieu of violette.
These aren't what the OP had in mind, though.
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