This is one of our most popular specialty cocktails. We just got a few more requests for the recipe so I thought more people might like it so I’ve made a batch recipe for parties. Lavender is just SO Santa Barbara and it’s fun to use it for entertaining.
We get culinary lavender at the Farmer’s Market. I prefer the Royal Velvet lavender, one of the sweetest Lavandula angustifolias varieties which are best for culinary purposes, but all lavender is eatable.
To make the lavender simple syrup;
In a saucepan combine the sugar with an equal amount of water, bring the water to a boil over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, bruise & add the lavender. Cook the syrup, undisturbed, for 20 min. Let the syrup cool until it is lukewarm and strain it very well. Chill
To make a 60 ounce Pitcher of Lavender Lady Cocktails;
4 cups vodka or gin
1 cup st germaine
1 cup lavender simple syrup
1 cup lemon juice
Prepare the Glasses run a lime wedge around the rim to give it a bit of flavor.
Fill the glasses with ice.
Top with the blend above & garnish w a sprig of culinary lavender & a spring of mint or lime wedge.
By Pure Joy Catering Executive Chef; Lynette La Mere