These last days of summer (I mean, I can’t believe theres only 9 more days until autumn officially begins) leave me hanging in the balance between refreshing evening cocktails in the sunshine and wanting to cook up my first batch of butternut squash soup. Some days I just want both! But today I’m embracing the former as I share with you one last little bit of summer: the recipe for the Lemon Lavender Gin Fizz cocktail that we made for our Summer Sunset Garden Party last month.
I know I’m not the first to make a lemon lavender gin fizz, but I’d like to think the ingredient choices and ratios for this one are just right and I hope you’ll enjoy!
In my opinion, the secret to really good cocktails is really good ingredients. I don’t buy into the idea that flavors get lost in a mixed drink, therefore it’s ok to use lower-quality ingredients. Only the best. The key ingredient to this cocktail is an amazing Sonoma Syrup Co. lavender syrup that I picked up on my visit to Lavender Hills Farm on Vashon earlier this summer. This syrup has such a forward lavender flavor that I knew would stand out in this drink. I also wanted to use a local gin, and I just love this Hedge Trimmer Gin from Sun Liquor Distillery. It’s palette is soft and dry featuring notes of lemon peel.
Lemon Lavender Gin Fizz Recipe by The Stemmery
- 2 oz. Gin
- 1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- .75 oz. Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 Organic Egg White
- Splash of Sparkling Water
- Shake first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
- Add an ice cube and shake again to chill.
- Add a splash of sparkling water to your glass and then strain in the cocktail.
- Garnish with lemon peel and lavender flower.
Half of the fun to me in making a cocktail is the presentation. When planning this garden party, I searched for the perfect cocktail glass and fell in love with these long-stem coupe glasses from Crate & Barrel. This glass makes the drink so delicate and lovely. I finished it off with a stem of lavender and a curl of lemon peel.
And of course the best part of making the perfect cocktail is sharing it with good friends, so shake up a few of these delicious drinks for you and your mates and enjoy these last days of summer!
Please feel free to download one of these images of Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye‘s elegantly calligraphed cocktail recipe cards so you can reference it and make it yourself.
Thanks so much to Lauren for her lovely calligraphy and to Michele Equitz for capturing all these images.