Ranked #1 out of 33 Wine Cocktails in Competition
Our Lady Lavender wine cocktail derives her name from the feminine and lovely facets of the lavender flower. The finished drink is one that is sure to spark interest with its elegant appearance, and has a surprisingly balanced amount of sweet and sour in each sip to match.
Background & History
Lavender has a multitude of uses and has been grown in many different countries and regions for the past 2,500 years. Thought to have originated in the Mediterranean, India, and the Middle East, lavender is now cultivated in countries across the world for its extensive uses. It is a lovely flower with a sweet aroma making it a very popular scent. The scent is used to help people relax and helps to bring balance and calmness. Lavender has also been used throughout history for medicinal purposes in order to encourage love and passion. Lavender oil is said to help relieve headaches, aid in sleeping, soothe sunburns and insect bites, and even acne. Today, it is often used in aromatherapies. As a part of the mint family, lavender has also been used in many different kinds of cooking including baked goods, salads, soups, and desserts. By extracting the essential lavender oil from the flowers and buds, a liquid is formed and the scent is transformed into a delicious additive to drinks. The use of lavender flavoring in cooking and mixology is becoming increasingly trendy because of its unique appearance and aroma. We thought that by using trendy and unique flavors in our wine cocktail that we could keep wine relevant, and thus we created Lady Lavender.
4 ounces of sparkling white wine (we used Korbel Brut)
¼ ounce of Citron Vodka (we used Absolut Citron)
½ ounce Lavender Tea Syrup (we found this at Cost plus Market)
1 lemon and lemon peel
Lemon drop martini sugar
Lavender blossoms for garnish
Chilled martini glass
Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in lemon drop sugar. Add vodka and lavender tea syrup. Add juice from one fresh squeezed lemon. Top with sparkling white wine. Garnish with lemon peel and lavender blossoms. Enjoy!
Contributed by L. Carter & J. Piel