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Lavender Lemon Drop in a coupe glass rimmed with fine lemon sugar and garnished with dried lavender flowers on a stem and a twist of lemon. Gauzy lavender colored fabric is bunched up in the background, and a lemon sliced in half lays out of focus in the foreground.

Lavender Lemon Drop

Becca Gallick-Mitchell
This floral cocktail is refreshing, invigorating, and comforting all at once. Lavender adds a subtle, luxurious note that enhances both the flavor and aroma of this beloved mixed drink.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Servings 1

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup caster sugar (I make my own in my food processor for a finer texture, but standard granulated sugar works fine too)
  • 2 lemons, washed
  • 2 oz vodka
  • ¾ oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1 oz lemon juice (save the rest of the juice in the refrigerator for another recipe)
  • 1 oz lavender syrup
  • ice

Instructions
 

  • Zest one of the lemons onto a plate, then cut it in half and juice one half into a small bowl or cup. Reserve for later.
  • On the plate, pour the sugar over the lemon zest and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is yellow and heavily aromatic.
  • Moisten the rim of a martini or coupe glass with a lemon half and press the rim of the glass into the sugar. Save the rest of the lemon sugar for future cocktails or desserts.
  • In a cocktail shaker full of ice, strain in the lemon juice, then add the vodka, Cointreau, and lavender syrup. Shake well for about 30-45 seconds, or until the shaker is too cold to hold anymore.
  • Strain into the rimmed glass.
  • Cut a long, thin strip of lemon rind off the remaining lemon. Take the piece of rind and gently form it into a coil with your fingers, then hold it there for about 20-30 seconds.
  • Add a stem of dried lavender flowers, cut to fit the glass. Release the coil and let the twist of lemon unfurl, then place it over the rim of the glass next to the lavender. Serve immediately.
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