This lavender lemon gin and tonic will be your new favorite summer cocktail. This recipe is a gorgeous refreshing highball classic gin cocktail that's crisp, slightly floral, has pronounced citrus notes, and is incredibly well balanced between strong and sweet thanks to the lavender honey syrup.
This is the type of drink that really transports you to an elegant garden party. It's the perfect accompaniment for a floral themed bridal shower. It's also refreshing like our Cucumber borage gin and tonic. Consider hosting a garden cocktail party (what a great way to spend happy hour!) Serve this with Lavender lemon honey pound cake, Honey lemon lavender bars or our gorgeous Lavender lemon tart.
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Why you'll love it!
This drink tastes just like good old fashioned G&T’s but amped up thanks to fragrant flavors plus subtle hints of sweetness coming through the syrup. It's just so good. And the best thing about gin and tonics? You can change up their taste just by picking a different gin. If you love our lavender lemonade, and can't get enough of fresh lemon juice combined with lavender flavor, you'll love this delicious bubbly cocktail.
Best gin recommendations for this gin and tonic:
The tasting notes in these quality gin spirits pair beautifully with a botanical cocktail
Empress gin: If I lived in the United States, this would be my gin of choice for this tonic recipe. Empress gin contains butterfly pea flowers so you'll get a natural color change to pink or purple with the addition of lemon.
- Uncle Val's Botanical Gin- Cucumber, Sage, Lemon
- Hendrix -Cucumber, Rose, Citrus
- Tanguray - Juniper, Coriander, Anise
- Bombay - Juniper, Coriander, Lemon
- Gordon's - Pine, Pepper, Angelica
- Tonic water
- Lavender simple syrup
- Lavender buds
- Sugar and or honey
- Lemon for fresh squeezed lemon juice
How to make this cocktail:
First, you'll need to make your syrup. Make this in advance if possible, you want your syrup to be chilled and thickened when you're ready to use it.
To make lavender honey simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and lavender until it comes to a simmer. Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes. Then, remove from heat, add your honey, stir, and let the liquid cool. Lastly, strain into a jar (with an airtight lid).
Add your gin, lavender simple syrup, and lemon juice into your mixer. Shake well. Strain into your chilled glass of choice over ice. Add tonic water. Garnish and serve.
How to serve a gin and tonic:
Gin and tonics are served over a large amount of ice and traditionally served garnished with a slice of lime. However, this a twist on a classic. I recommend serving it with round lemon slices and a fresh lavender sprig.
- A sprig of candied lavender. You can find my recipe for candied flowers here
- With a fresh lemon slice
- Over floral ice cubes
Lavender lemon gin and tonic
- the lavender honey syrup:
- 1 cup water or lavender water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup fresh lavender OR ⅓ cup dried lavender
- 1 tablespoon honey
- the cocktail:
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lavender honey simple syrup
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 ounces tonic water
For the syrup:
- In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and lavender until it comes to a simmer.
Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let the liquid cool.
Lastly, strain into a jar (with an airtight lid)
For the cocktail:
- Add your gin, lavender syrup, and lemon juice with ice into your cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain over your glass of choice with ice. Top with tonic water. Add your garnish, and enjoy.
Store leftover syrup into a jar with airtight lid for up to one month in your refridgerator.