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Monday, July 18, 2011

Secret Recipe Club - Lavender Lemonade Martini

This is my second month participating in Secret Recipe Club. When I received the email with my assignment, I couldn't wait to see which blogger been chosen for me. I was assigned Creative Culinary. What a lovely and delicious blog!

On a Saturday morning I sat at my computer scrolling through the hundreds of recipes on Creative Culinary. As I was scanning the recipes, I ran across many things familiar to me. There were posts of recipes from Nordstrom's Cafe, drinks from Yia Yia's and several versions of St. Louis Butter Cake. I started out with a list of six recipes: Nutella Fudge Brownies, Potato Chip Cookies, Lavender Lemonade Martini, Best Coffee Cake Ever, Hamburger Baked Bean Casserole and Olive Oil & Rosemary Cake.

I've been wanting to bake with Nutella! Potato chip cookies sound so fun. Who can pass up a martini? The casserole would be perfect for camping! My rosemary is growing like crazy. Which recipe to choose?



Inspired by Tim's and my recent trip to the Missouri Valley Lavender Farm, I chose the Lavender Lemonade Martini.A couple of summers ago I made some lavender simple syrup to use for cocktails. I think it ended up in the back of the fridge and not in the cocktails. Infused simple syrup is perfect for cocktails. It adds sweetness, along with a nice hint of lavender. This is a perfect summer cocktail or if you prefer, this makes a refreshing lavender lemonade.


Lavender Lemonade Martini

Recipe Courtesy of Creative Culinary
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6-8 sprigs of lavender
  • sugar for rimming
  • Vodka, preferably chilled
  • lemon slices and lavender sprigs for garnish (optional)

Preparation Instructions

  1. Add sugar to water in pot on stove and bring to boil; cook only until sugar is dissolved. Add lavender sprigs and allow to cool completely.
  2. Put lemon juice in pitcher and strain lavender/sugar water into same pitcher.
  3. Add cup of ice to pitcher and stir well.
  4. Use a lemon slice to wet the edge of a martini glass. Rim the edge with sugar. I typically put a layer of sugar on a saucer and dip the top edge in it.
  5. Add ice to the glass and fill 2/3 with lemonade.
  6. Add 1/2 to a full shot of vodka, stir. Enjoy!




17 comments:

  1. A stunning photo of a very interesting sounding drink.

    I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  2. oooo that looks so fresh and clean! Yum!

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  3. Oh my this sounds good! I do have vodka!

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  4. Looks so refreshing! I would love one of those. Or two :)

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  5. WOW Julie! Thank you so much for this lavender martini. You never know whata you will find in our Blogger universe. It's going down real smooth.
    Rita

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  6. YUM! I've always wanted to love lavender but I hate biting into it in a baked good - this is just what I need, I think! Can't wait to give it a try!

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  7. Julie, what a great choice! And what a coincidence. I'm going to a lavender farm tomorrow and preparing a lavender post for next week. I was thinking of including a lavender lemonade but now I'm thinking martini! ;)
    It was fun having you as my SRC buddie. Love your blog.

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  8. I just happen to have some lavender growing in the garden. This sounds like a delicious summer martini!

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  9. Love the idea of adding lavender to a cocktail.
    So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. This looks amazing :)

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  10. I believe that I have just become a martini drinker! This looks and sounds fabulous. I love participating in SRC with you!

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  11. Who doesn't love a martini is right! These sound great Julie!

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  12. Love the last photo with the lavender across the martini glass. What a unique flavor combination! It sounds lovely!

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  13. How intriguing! I never think to use lavender like this but it sounds quite refreshing!

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  14. What lovely and nice drink! I love lavender, and love your pictures, look amazing, gloria

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  15. Your martini shot is so darn tempting!!! I have to admit I've never made anything with lavender, but when I was in Hawaii I tried a Lavender scone and I've never forgotten the flavors. This one is on my list!

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  16. I've never had anything made with lavender. I'm intrigued...

    Glad to be part of SRC with you!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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  17. A nice idea martini lavende, never try, i go for tring , greeting from Belgium

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