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In an effort to live each moment of this summer to the fullest My husband Nate and I decided to claim 2011 to be the “Summer of Cocktails”. It’s an extension of our overall theme which is “Vacation Everyday”. So what do these themes and sayings mean? It’s merely a way for us to live in the moment with the intention of making sure there is leisure and enjoyment in each day…like Vacation. Plus two of our best friends have committed to join us on Fridays to enjoy them with us and toast the fleeting summer weeks away.
Now for the drink. The Honey Lavender Sidecar. I love sidecars. They sound old fashioned. They often come with a little side car carafe and they are sweet and strong. I found a recipe for lavender honey syrup and the rest of the ingredients came by way of conversation with Nate about what else would complement the delicacy of lavender. I think you’ll find this drink surprisingly refreshing, unusual and definitely sophisticated. We served it over cracked ice and garnished it with a faded sweet pea blossom. (the fuchsia blossoms turn lavender after a day!)
Honey Lavender Sidecar (makes 2 drinks)
by Cheila and Nate from Cheilaslifensuch
2 shots of Gran Marnier, plus a splash more.
Juice from ½ a lemon
A good splash of Galliano (not too much)
1 ½ shots of lavender honey syrup (see below
Dash of bitters
Shake vigorously in an ice filled shaker and strain into to a shallow ice-filled fancy glass.
Honey Lavender Syrup
Make one cup of water hot enough to brew ½ a handful of fresh lavender in it. Add ½ cup of honey to it. Done.