Lavender is my favorite. It’s my favorite color and I surprisingly love the flavor in a lot of things as well. A million years ago I made some lavender cupcakes that would knock your socks off! But, my favorite way to enjoy lavender is in my favorite cocktail – a gin and tonic!
Back in the day, I used to be able to find edible lavender flower buds at Whole Foods, but they have stopped selling them! I love to garnish my drink with a few flowers on top, but this drink is just as beautiful with a lemon wheel! Normally I am a fan of lime in my G&Ts, (that’s how I order them, a gin and tonic with extra lime), but with this one I feel like the lemon really brightens it up.
I also use a different kind of tonic. I used to buy the tonic water in bottles at Hy-Vee, but once I discovered this Jack Rudy Tonic, there was no going back. It’s a concentrated tonic that you top with sparkling or soda water. It makes your gin and tonic taste a million times better, trust me. But you can also use regular tonic water for this recipe.
The gin I’m using for this recipe I actually just found since moving to KC. It’s a local gin and it’s amazing. It’s called Builders Botanical Gin by Restless Spirits, and if you are ever in KC and you love gin, go buy a bottle. Best gin I’ve ever had.
1. In a glass, combine the gin and Jack Rudy Tonic.
2. Add in 3-5 dashes of lavender bitters. This is all about how much lavender flavor you want in your drink.
3. Add ice and top with soda water. Stir.
4. Garnish with a lemon slice.