If you’ve ever wanted to add a field of lavender to your cocktails, making your own homemade cocktail lavender couldn’t be simpler!
This recipe makes a very concentrated liqueur – which is why I call it “cocktail lavender” instead of simply “lavender liqueur.” It’s used more like a bitters than a mixer. So you only need to add a few drops to a cocktail to give it that lovely, floral flavor.
3-5 drops in a glass of champagne or French Gimlet will turn it into a delicate, lavender delight.
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Make sure to use only organic, culinary lavender flowers in this recipe. You don’t want to use flowers that have been treated with pesticides. Luckily, they’re easy to find on Amazon.
I love to give little bottles of cocktail lavender to my friends and family at Christmas as stocking stuffers. It only takes a tiny bottle to last till next year!
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How to Make Cocktail Lavender
- ½ cup organic, food-grade lavender
- 1 cup vodka – or Everclear
- natural purple food dye – a few drops
- Pour ½ cup of dry lavender flowers into a sealable jar and add 1 cup of vodka. Seal, and let it refrigerate for 2 days.
- Remove the jar, and squeeze your spirit out of the flowers with cheese cloth. It will be a pretty golden brown color. If you want it to add a lavender hue to your drinks, add a few drops of natural purple food dye and mix.
I’m wondering if the purple food dye stains tongue, teeth, lips when using it in a drink? And if a drop should fall on clothing is it stained, too.
If you pour a drop on clothing, then yes, it will stain. But a single drop or 2 in a cocktail won’t make it stain lips or teeth, and that’s really all you need. I add this cocktail lavender to gimlets and Prosecco all the time, and it’s never stained anything. It’s too diluted to stain.
Thank you for this recipe! Should it be stored in the refrigerator? And is the shelf life 12 months?
Yes, it should be refrigerated, but it’s shelf life is about 6 months, I’ve found.
I wondered about the refrigerating part. Is there a specific reason? I’ve always found teas and herbs steep better at less cold temperatures. Would leaving it sealed at room temperature be a bad idea?
You can probably allow it to soak unrefrigerated just as well. The vodka should keep any bacteria from developing in room-temperatures. I haven’t done it myself, so I can’t attest to it resulting in a stronger flavor or any particular difference. I would imagine, like you said, that it could potentially result in a stronger flavor. If you try it, please let me know the result!