Lavender Gin Fizz

by James Stevenson

After being on a tequila high yesterday I decided to share a gin drink. I have wanted to make a Gin Fizz for a while but have been intimated by making drinks with egg whites at home. First, raw eggs in cocktails freak me out but they are so freaking good and I couldn’t help myself. So I decided to concoct a riff on the classic Gin Fizz cocktail and add lavender to the mix. I was surprised how easy it was to make and the egg white was not as sketchy as I thought it might be.

This is the type of cocktail to make for two people because it would be hard to make these for a party. Believe me you would hate life and the party if you signed up to make these. Say good bye to the party, the social hour, and the happy hour because you will be standing at the bar shaking and drinking by yourself. If that doesn’t scare you off this is the perfect cocktail for a date night or special occasion. I believe that this drink competes with some ten dollar cocktails out at bars but you can make it at home for so much cheaper. Plus if you have anger or frustration building from the week you can shake the hell out of this drink to relieve some pent up anger. It’s a win win situation for everyone so you better hurry up and make this cocktail!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 1 ounce lavender simple syrup (*see recipe below)
  • 1 oz club soda
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 3 dashes lavender bitters

Garnish: Loose lavender leaves

Instructions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker combine gin, lavender simple syrup, and egg white
  2. Shake until foamy then add ice and shake until chilled
  3. Add club soda to the serving glass
  4. Strain mixture into glass
  5. Add bitters to top of drink

*Recipe: Lavender Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3-4 sprigs of lavender

Instructions:

  1. In a sauce pan combine sugar, water, and lavender.  Let it boil for until sugar dissolves
  2. Strain mixture and let it cool
  3. Extra syrup may be stored in a glass container for up to a week

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