Lavender in my food and drink is a hard one for me. I want to love it, I really do. But anytime I've tried lavender ice cream or a lavender latte, it just doesn't do it for me. I enjoy that they smell like lavender, but the taste always reminds me of accidentally getting perfume in your mouth or just too intensely floral. And, one of the very few times in my life that I've abandoned a cocktail when it was 90% full was with a lavender gin and tonic that tasted exactly like hand soap in a glass. I'll just add, that bar has since closed down.
But I was recently gifted a set of bitters, which included lavender bitters, and knew I wanted to find a way to use lavender in a cocktail that I actually enjoyed. So we've going with the less-is-more method here. This cocktail has all the strong herbal and lime flavor of a traditional gimlet, but with just a hint of lavender.
Makes one cocktail
2 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
2–4 dashes of lavender bitters
In a shaker with ice, add gin, simple syrup, and lime juice. Add 3–6 dashes of lavender bitters, depending how strong of a lavender taste you want, and shake to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.
I know not everyone is interested in garnishing a drink with dried lavender and other flowers. Feel free to garnish this drink with a thin slice of lime. Cheers!