Saturday, June 5, 2010

Happy Hour – Lavender Lemonade Martinis

When we attended the The Cooking School at Ritz Carlton - Grande Lakes Orlando, we picked up a great recipe for a Lavender Lemonade Martini.

Here’s my slight adaptation:

To make the lemonade:

Bring enough water to fill a pitcher to boil. Add 2 palmfuls (about 2 TBSP) of dried lavender. Turn off heat and just let the lavender steep. I let it steep until the water is cooled. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into your pitcher.

This will become the water you will use to make your lemonade. I just use Crystal Light and prepare according to the package instructions. If you use the yellow version, it does take on a slight brownish appearance because of the lavender. If you are concerned about the appearance, use pink. This lemonade is delicious on its own. A great refreshment for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

To make the martini:

I like a 2:1 ratio of Citrus Vodka to Orange Liqueur (I use Triple Sec). For one martini, I use:
2 oz Citrus Vodka (Smirnoff or Svetka works well)

1 oz Triple Sec

3 oz Lavender Lemonade

All the amounts can go up or down depending on how strong you want the drink to be.

Be careful – this drink is very addictive! Enjoy!

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