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
  • 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!


  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.

    Cook Lisa Cook

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

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

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

  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.

  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!

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

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

    Glad to be part of SRC with you!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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


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