Lavender gin & cloudy lemonade

Ingredients
For the lavender gin:
  • 50ml / 25 ounces Gin
  • 1 Tablespoon food grade lavender
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Drops of violet food colouring (optional)
For the lemonade:
  • 80 ml / 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 45 ml / 1½ soda water
  • 60 ml / 2 ounces simple syrup
Method
To make the Lavender gin:
  1. In a large sterilised bottle, combine the lavender, sugar and gin. Seal and leave in a cool dark place to infuse for 7 days.
  2. Taste the gin, adding more sugar if necessary or leaving to build up a heavier floral flavour if you wish.
  3. Once you’re satisfied with the results, strain through a muslin cloth of fine sieve to remove the lavender. At this point, you can enhance the colour by adding 2 drops of violet food colouring.
  4. Lavender gin is perfectly paired with homemade lemonade for a refreshing Summer cool down but it also works well in a straight up martini or topped with a splash of tonic and served neat over ice.
To make the cocktail:
  1. Combine the lemon juice, soda water and simple syrup in a large jug. Pour in to a tumbler over ice
  2. Using the back of a bar spoon, pour 45ml of lavender gin slowly on to the top to create an ombre effect.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of lavender – the perfect stirring tool, or a spiral of lemon zest
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