We’re here with another zinger of a 3 ingredient recipe. This one chronicles our foray into the realm of discovering floral infusions. We’ve never worked with floral flavours before so we made a few interesting discoveries in our trial and error. Most importantly, we realized how easy it is to infuse powerfully balanced flavours into our drinks.
In this 3 step recipe, we’re harnessing the ease and balance of a classic sour. A basic sour formula incorporates:
- 3/4 oz sour
- 3/4 oz sweet
- 2 oz spirit
Because we’re in Singapore and fresh flowers are not easy to get, we’re working with dried lavender buds for this recipe. The inspiration behind this floral flavour actually came after B’s mom brought home some dried lavender buds meant to make floral tea. The lavender flavour was so subtle on the palate but so refreshing on the nose that we thought we had to try to incorporate it into a cocktail recipe!
- Lavender infused simple syrup 0.5 Oz
- Lemon Juice 0.75 Oz
- 2 Oz Gin (Tanqueray No. ten)
- Make lavender simple syrup
- In a saucepan, mix 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until fully dissolved
- Add in 1 tablespoon of dried lavender buds and simmer until ready over medium heat – 5minutes (you can try it on different heat settings and timings to your taste)
- Make sure to keep stirring so that your syrup does not burn
- Sieve into a glass bottle for future use
- Mix in a shaker 0.5 oz lavender syrup, 0.75 Oz lemon juice and 2 Oz gin
- Add ice, shake and serve
- Depending on how long you simmer, your syrup will reduce producing different levels of sweetness for your syrup
- Ours ended up packed with flavour but very sweet so we reduced our measure for our “sweet” ingredient from 0.75 oz to 0.5 oz for in this Sour recipe. Your mileage may vary.
- Garnish: We chose to serve ours in a cocktail glass with a thin slice of lemon and some lavender buds for that extra lavender kick when you bring your nose to the drink.
- Infusions: There are many ways to infuse flavours into drinks. You can infuse them into your simple syrup, or infuse them into your alcohol. But given the price of alcohol in Singapore, we’re not yet brave enough to try that in case we mess up! XD It’s much cheaper to experiment with simple syrup
This is a sweet and simple floral recipe that is sure to spice up any cocktail party. Very suited for those with a sweet tooth and like delicate flavours. The scent of lavender truly permeates in this drink so a cocktail that complements citrus flavours will stand up stronger against the sweet floral landscape of this drink. Choose wisely!
For one of our next cocktail adventures – we’re gonna be working with TEA. Hopefully we can add the complexity and slight bitterness of tea to our drinks. Wish us luck!