This delightful gin cocktail pairs tart grapefruit with smooth lavender syrup with everyone’s favorite, gin. The Grapefruit and Lavender Gin Martini shines with unusual pairings of flavor. You will find a cocktail that’s not too sweet, with just enough lavender hints coming through.
It’s easy to make lavender syrup, directions are below. Your choice of gin here, as well, although you can’t go wrong with Bombay or another London Dry. I used grapefruit juice from the store (GASP!) as I hardly ever have them for fresh-squeezed. Your call!
Grapefruit and Lavender GIn Martini
- 1 Oz. Lavender syrup
- 1.5 Oz. Grapefruit juice
- 1.5 Oz. Gin
- Assemble all of your ingredients into your cocktail shaker.
- Add ice!
- Shake like a polaroid picture.
- Strain into your glass of choice and enjoy!
- You can garnish with dried lavender if you have it.
For making the lavender syrup, here’s what you need:
Fresh Lavender Syrup for Cocktails
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh lavender blossoms
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Water
- 2-5 Whole Blueberries
- Start by "plucking" the tiny blossoms from fresh lavender flowers. Collect 1 tablespoon's worth.
- Combine your blossoms, water, and sugar into a saucepan or small pot.
- Add some whole blueberries if you want a deeper color to your finished syrup.
- Bring all of this to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and cool thoroughly.
- Strain and funnel into a glass container.
- Store in the fridge.
You may also like these lavender based drinks:
More tips for the Grapefruit and Lavender Martini
I’ll be honest, this drink isn’t the prettiest. The grapefruit and lavender syrup sort of come together weirdly, color wise, anyway.
If you have a really deep lavender syrup because you added a ton of blueberries to the mix, it may get even uglier. BUT WHO CARES, it’s delish.
I’ll also suggest trying this with a gin that’s not overwhelming in the spice department, so the other flavors have a chance to come out.
Cheers! Make smart decisions!