Jacaranda afternoon – Lavender cocktail

Colour and the visual appeal of cocktails is a key part of what makes them different to other types of drinks. I love the fact that you can serve someone a cocktail and they’re already making enthusiastic comments before they even take a sip.

Yes, of course, not all colours are natural. But putting that to one side, constructing a new cocktail with an unusual colour is an interesting pursuit. Of course, the flavour and quality must then deliver on the promise. What about a cocktail that comes out a lavender colour? Not only is that an interesting colour for a cocktail, but it’s an unusual flavour too. I give you the …….

Jacaranda afternoon

I’m not even sure I know what a Jacaranda tree is, but if I was sat underneath one sheltering from the heat of the sun, I imagine this is the type of cocktail I might choose. It has a subtle flavour and is a botanical but powerful cocktail. It seems Gin is the ‘in’ spirit at the moment taking over from vodka perhaps. Botanicals are in, so this is my interpretation on the botanicals theme.

Jacaranda afternoon - a powerful botanical cocktail
Jacaranda afternoon – a powerful botanical cocktail
  • 40 ml vodka
  • 40 ml gin
  • 25 ml Monin lavender syrup

Add all three ingredients to your cocktail shaker with ice, shake and serve into a Martini glass. And interestingly, adding a bit of floral frippery to float on the top makes them even more visually appealing.

If you have developed or tried any interesting botanical or floral cocktails, I’d be interested in hearing about them.


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