Lavender Honey Martini

This lavender honey martini is a beautiful cocktail, naturally sweetened and colored with lavender honey syrup and butterfly pea flowers that is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

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Why you'll love this recipe:

  • This is the most elegant summer cocktail
  • Happy hour is even happier with lavender flavors
  • It's only a slight adaptation of the classic cocktail - the prohibition-era cocktail you may know and love
  • It uses lovely medicinal tea, but hold the hot water - we're using butterfly flower tea for the gorgeous natural purple hue. You can skip this step if you choose!
  • It uses fresh lemon juice, culinary lavender buds, honey - the most gorgeous flavors of summer
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Notes about the recipe:

  • Martinis are a strong cocktail. Don't let the pretty color fool you. Make this when you want to sip and relax. When testing, I found that I needed quite a bit of sweetness to make a martini palatable to my tastebuds. You can use less syrup if you like your martinis dry.
  • Although you may find it strong, it does have a well balanced floral flavor, and overall - it just happens to also be a refreshing and simply stunning summer sipper.
  • In this recipe, I adapted my popular homemade lavender honey syrup to be purple without the use of any food coloring. We just almost never have it in the house. Dried flowers for tea on the other hand, you know I always have flowers.
  • We love a classic gin cocktail, like our lavender lemon gin and tonic or lavender bee's knees cocktail - but I had to create a martini - the only way I know how. Pretty, sweet, and floral.
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Ingredients in this cocktail recipe:

  • Dolin dry vermouth - you can use any vermouth, this one is recommended as it has superb flavor in a martini. It has distinct crisp citrus, herbal, floral and white pepper notes.
  • Hendrix gin - you can use any gin - this is recommended as it's high quality, with botanical flavors, and works well in a martini.The gin pairs so nicely with the lavender syrup.
  • Lavender honey simple syrup
    • Water
    • Sugar and / or honey - Honey not only adds sweetness to this cocktail, but it also has numerous health benefits. Honey is jam-packed with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. If you're going to have a cocktail, might as well look at the glass half full.
    • Butterfly flower tea - Butterfly pea flowers are a plant native to Asia that is known for its bright blue flowers. It’s rich in antioxidants and often used as a natural food coloring. You may also love our Butterfly Pea Flower Syrup & Butterfly Pea Flower Cocktail
    • Fresh squeezed lemon - Lemon juice rounds out the sweetness of the honey and adds a tartness that is essential for any good cocktail. Lemons are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which help boost the immune system.
    • Dried lavender buds (recommendations for fresh lavender below)

Garish with:

Traditional lemon peel or sprig of fresh lavender, or candied lavender.

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How to make the syrup:

This simple syrup recipe is really simple and the perfect balance of floral flavor and sweetness. You can use some sugar and honey, or all honey. This preparation makes an entire small bottle of syrup, so you'll be able to enjoy numerous cocktails. This syrup also works beautifully in: lavender lemonade, lavender bee's knees, or lavender london fog.

Ingredients in the syrup:

  • 1 cup water or lavender water
  • 1 cup honey or 1 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup fresh lavender OR ⅓ cup dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon butterfly pea flowers
  • 1 fresh squeezed lemon

Instructions to make the syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat - heat the water, honey, butterfly pea flowers and lavender until it comes to a simmer. Squeeze in lemon juice from one freshly squeezed lemon. This should turn your syrup from a dark blue hue to a lighter violet color. Add more lemon if desired.
  2. Stir to dissolve the honey and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes. 
  3. Remove from heat and let the liquid thicken and cool. 
  4. Lastly, strain into a jar (with an airtight lid)

Note: DO NOT OVERHEAT. Scorched honey will not taste good and may solidify. Keep the temperature low and watch it closely.

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Frequently asked questions

How long will this syrup last for?

Sugar is used in cooking as a preservative— think jams and jellies, which are also called preserves. So simple syrups have a decent shelf life, when prepared and stored properly: made with very hot water and stored in a sterile container in the refrigerator. A 1:1 simple syrup like this one lasts only one month when refrigerated.

How should I store the syrup?

The recommended way to store simple syrup is to use an airtight container that's been sterilized.

Cocktail preparation:

Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into chilled martini cocktail glass. You can shake it in a cocktail shaker if preferred!

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Lavender honey martini

5 from 4 votes
This lavender honey martini is a beautiful cocktail, naturally sweetened and colored with lavender honey syrup and butterfly pea flowers.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ fl oz Dolin dry vermouth
  • 2 fl oz Hendrix gin
  • 1 ½ oz lavender honey syrup
  • Lavender honey syrup:
  • 1 cup water or lavender water
  • 1 cup honey or 1 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup fresh lavender OR ⅓ cup dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon butterfly pea flowers
  • 1 fresh squeezed lemon

Instructions

  • Make your lavender honey syrup: In a small saucepan over low heat - heat the water, honey, butterfly pea flowers and lavender until it comes to a gentle simmer. DO NOT OVERHEAT. Scorched honey will not taste good and may solidify. Keep the temperature low and watch it. Squeeze in lemon juice from one freshly squeezed lemon. This should turn your syrup from a dark blue hue to a lighter violet color. Add more lemon if desired.
    Stir to dissolve the honey and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
    Remove from heat and let the liquid thicken and cool.
    Lastly, strain into a jar (with an airtight lid)
  • When ready to serve: Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into chilled martini cocktail glass. You can shake it in a cocktail shaker if preferred!

Notes

Serve immediately in a martini glass. Garnish if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sugar: 17g
Course: Drinks
Keyword: fancy martini recipe, lavender honey martini, lavender martini
Servings: 1
Calories: 170kcal
Author: All recipes by Sarah Buckley

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