Lillet (pronounced lee-ay) is a French aperitif wine infused with orange liqueur and quinine, which you probably know from its role in tonic water. It's used in a lot of situations where dry vermouth would also be applicable, but lends a very different profile to the resulting drink. Hence its role in this delicious, flowery variation on the classic Martini.
|4 sprigs fresh lavender or a couple of tablespoons of dried lavender buds|
|1.5 oz gin (Aviation and Dry Fly are both made with lavender. Hendrick’s is also an herby choice.)|
|0.5 oz Lillet Blanc|
Preparation: How to make a Lavender Martini
- Muddle the lavender with the gin in a cocktail shaker.
- Add the Lillet and stir with ice.
- Strain into a cocktail glass. If you don’t want any lavender buds ending up in your cocktail, double strain it with a fine mesh strainer over the glass before pouring.
- Garnish with a lemon peel and a lavender sprig if you have one.