Drink your Flowers? Cocktail Concoction Part 2, Lavender Honey Sazerac
Flowers aren’t just for bouquets anymore, try a savory herb based cocktail.
As I mention previously, in the part 1 of this article (Click to link to part 1), I have recently been drawn to the idea of edible flowers, herbs, and floral extracts to use in recipes for savory cocktails. Lavender is technically an herb, but it does contain a lovely purple cone shaped flower. Traditionally it has been used to induce a calming effect in the user.
Today I have decided to share a twist on the retro cocktail of the Sazerac. The Sazerac is a very masculine drink that has been around for decades. Traditionally it uses orange bitters to flavor rye whiskey, today we will use lavender extract in lieu of bitters. Lavender has a natural bitter quality and will be a perfect replacement. You can buy dried, food grade lavender as seen above at specialty markets I picked these lavender grains up at World Market.
Also, as I mentioned before in this weeks previous post on Rosewater Lemonade, you can make your own floral syrups if you choose to be so industrious, but for time sake you can purchase Nielson Massey lavender extract, I picked mine from the local Sur La Table.
I love pairing lavender and lemon, the freshness of the lemon complements the floral notes of the lavender and together they create a very clean herbaceous taste. To dress my cocktail, I used a vegetable peeler to make lemon zest curls. These are super simple and can really dress up any basic cocktail. Just make sure when peeling not to cut to deeply in the plinth of the lemon which is overly bitter and will ruin your drink.
CULINARY TIP: Make your lemon curls first, then you cut your lemon to get the 2 Tbls of juice. Believe me it is so much easier to zest a full lemon. Plus citrus zests are very versatile, you can use them to flavor sugar, candy them as treat, add to potpourri, or even float them in a hot steamy bath.
Lavender Honey Sazarec
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
- 3/4 cup Sparkling Water
- 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels Honey
- 1 tsp Lavender extract
- 2 tbsp Honey
Mix all item above into a drink decanter, Shake with ice and garnish with:
- 1/2 tsp Lavender Herbs to float on top or place into ice stick molds
- 1 Lemon Zest Twist
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