Remember that old Martini & Rossi commercial from the 70s? “Martini & Rossi on the rocks–say yes!” If you like lavender (I love!), you’ll wanna say yes to these two easy recipes.

We recently went out for adult beverages at a local wine bar. I was intrigued by a lavender martini with Stoli Vanil and had to have it. Quite delicious and so refreshing on a hot summer night!

Luckily, it’s easy to replicate, but I’m doin’ it on the rocks (!) to keep it extra cool. Now you can, too. Here we go.

LAVENDER SIMPLE SYRUP

½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup water
1 ½ tablespoons dried lavender

Bring ingredients to a boil.

When sugar is completely dissolved, let cool and store in the fridge. Strain lavender buds before using in your drink.

Feel free to double–I make half batches at a time since it’s so easy to throw together…and the Yankee in me hates to throw anything away! Look how pretty!

And now, for the cocktail part of the program.

LAVENDER MARTINI

Crush ice.
Pour 1/4 cup Stoli Vanil over ice.
Squeeze a wedge of lemon.
Add 1 tablespoon of lavender simple syrup.
Add a splash of sparkling Pellegrino or soda/seltzer.
Stir with a straw and enjoy!
It’s martini time (recorded live at Toad’s Place, New Haven)!

Martini & lavender on the rocks–say yes! Yeahhhhh!

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