The Lavender Beet

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


1 ounces of vodka
½ ounce lillet blanc
1 ounce lavender beet syrup*
¼ ounce fresh orange juice
½ ounce lemon juice
Orange Peel
Lavender Flower

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, lillet, beet syrup and citrus juice and shake gently until the mixture gets cold.  Strain into a low ball glass with just a few ice cubes.  Garnish with an orange peel (releasing the oils around the rim of the glass first) and a few lavender petals.

*Lavender Beet Syrup-In a saucepan combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 beet (chopped fine) 2 tablespoons orange zest, 2 tablespoons lavender flowers and ¼ cup orange juice.  Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about  7 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool completely, strain and chill.

Apéritif de Lillet Cannelle Basilic

April 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


Makes 1 cocktail


1 ounce cucumber infused gin
2 ounces lillet blanc
½ ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce cinnamon basil syrup
Garnish with cucumbers marinated in cinnamon basil and lillet blanc
Cinnamon basil leaves for garnish


In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lillet, blood orange juice and cinamon basil syrup. Shake well and strain into a lowball glass filled with ice or a martini-style glass. Garnish with a lillet-soaked cucumber and cinnamon basil leaf.

Cinnamon Basil Syrup

Makes 1 cup syrup


½ cup to 2 cups sugar
½ cup to 2 cups water
½ cup fresh cinnamon basil leaves


Place water, sugar and cinnamon basil leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain out basil leaves. Bottle and refrigerate.

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