Drink your Flowers? Cocktail Concoction Part 2 The Lavender Honey Sazerac
Flowers aren’t just for bouquets anymore, now you can try a savory herb based cocktail with this Lavender Honey Sazarac.
As I mention previous post Rosewater Lemonade, I have recently been drawn to the idea of edible flowers, herbs, and floral extracts for use in recipes of savory cocktails. Lavender is technically an herb, but it does contain a lovely purple cone shaped flower too. Traditionally it has been used to induce a calming effect in the user, which is perfect for evening nightcap.
Today I am sharing a twist on the retro cocktail of the Sazerac. The Sazerac tends to be a very masculine drink that has been around for decades. Traditionally it uses a ratio of orange bitters to the rye whiskey, but today we will use lavender extract in lieu of orange 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 local gourmet shop.
I mentioned last week in my previous post on Rosewater Lemonade, that you can make your own floral syrups if you choose to be so industrious, but for time sake you can also purchase lavender extract, again I picked mine from a local gourmet shop but I have included a few links below for your shopping needs.
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 them 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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