Are you searching for a way to add a touch to your gathering? Well your search ends here with the Lavender cocktail! This exquisite beverage not pleases the senses with its hues and delightful scents but also offers a harmonious blend of flavors.
Get ready to indulge in this enchanting drink that will transport you to a realm of tranquility and joy. So don your party hat. Lets embark, on an extraordinary journey, into the captivating world of the Lavender Blue cocktail!
- Fresh lemon juice
- Lavender bitters
- Blueberry syrup
- Butterfly pea flowers
- Sparkling Water
- A slice of lemon
Directions For Butterfly Pea Ice
- Begin by boiling 2 cups (500 ml) of water in a pot or kettle. Once it reaches a boil, add 3-4 butterfly pea flowers to the water.
- Lower the heat, to a simmer. Let the mixture cook on low for approximately 5 minutes. This will give time for the beautiful blue hue of butterfly pea and its subtle flavors to blend into the water.
- Take the pot off the heat. Allow it to sit for a 5 minutes. Sieve out the flowers. Discard them.
- Freeze the blue water into ice cubes.
- Blend blue ice cubes after they have frozen, leaving a few bigger bits for texture. Set aside.
Directions For Gin-based Concoction
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with regular ice cubes.
- Add 2 oz (60 ml) gin, 0.5 oz (15 ml) simple syrup, 0.5 oz (15 ml) blueberry syrup, 0.5 oz (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 2 dashes lavender bitters to it.
- Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, allowing the ingredients to mingle and create a magical fusion of flavors.
Assembling the Lavender Blue
- Take a highball glass and fill 1/3 with regular ice cubes and the rest with the prepared blue ice.
- Strain the prepared gin-based concoction using a cocktail strainer over it.
- Add a little more crushed blue ice to the glass and top it off with sparkling water.
- Garnish your cocktail with a butterfly pea flower and a slice of lemon. Sip and Enjoy.
Can I use a different type of alcohol instead of gin?
Although gin is the choice, for this cocktail you have the option to try spirits if you prefer. Vodka, for example can be an alternative as its neutral flavor won't overshadow the hints of lavender and citrus. However it's important to note that using a spirit may affect the flavor profile of the cocktail.
How does the cocktail change color?
The ice made with butterfly pea flowers has a color.. When you add an ingredient like lemon or lime juice something really interesting happens. The ice magically changes from blue to a purple or violet shade. This amazing transformation occurs because of the interaction between the anthocyanins in the butterfly pea flowers and the acidity of the added ingredient. So when the gin mixture with lemon juice touches the ice it creates a violet color that catches your eye.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Lavender Blue?
Of course! If you'd like a alcoholic variation of the Lavender Blue cocktail you have a couple of options. You can replace the gin with a non alcoholic gin alternative. Choose to leave it out and just add more sparkling water instead.