The lavender gimlet is a lavender cocktail made from botanical gin, lime juice, and lavender simple syrup. Perfect for a summer cocktail.
This lavender gimlet is a variation on a classic. Back when it was created, the gimlet was a sweet drink made with equal amounts of gin and lime cordial.
Over the years, cocktails have become less sweet as tastes have changed. And the gimlet is no exception.
Key Ingredient: Lavender
If you haven’t been harvesting and drying your lavender every year, lavender blossoms are readily available online. Just be sure to purchase blossoms that are intended for culinary use.
Tips and Tricks for this Cocktail
You can serve your lavender gimlet neat or on the rocks. Using rocks ice, that big ice cube, is more critical than what glass you use. That’s because the large cube has lower surface area and does not dilute your drink as much.
Garnish your lavender cocktail with a lime wheel. And enjoy!
Variations and Substitutions
- Use a simple syrup instead for a classic gimlet.
- If a lavender gin cocktail isn’t your thing, make other lavender cocktails by subbing in two ounces of another spirit like vodka or rum.
FAQs about the Lavender Gimlet
Here’s a good start to understanding gins, from dry to the sweeter botanicals.
It was made with Empress1908 gin, which gets its deep violet color from being infused with butterfly pea blossoms.
No, go ahead and shake to whatever song you like. But there a few things you shouldn’t do.
Cut off the stems when the flowers have begun to bud, but the flowers have not yet opened.
Enjoy some other Ugly Duckling Bakery cocktails:
- Dry Martini
- Passion Spritz
- Lady Bridgerton Empress 1908 gin cocktail (another lavender cocktail)
- Water Lily
- Vodka sour with blackberry simple syrup
- Aperol sour, in two variations
- Porn Star martini
- Jalapeno raspberry bramble
- Elderflower Tom Collins
- Blue mojito
- Gin espresso martini
- Peanut butter manhattan
- Cocktail shaker
Lavender simple syrup
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon lavender blossoms
- 2 ounces gin, ideally a botanical gin like Uncle Val's
- ¾ ounce lavender simple syrup
- ¾ ounce lime juice
- 1 lime wheel for garnish
Lavender simple syrup
- Combine the sugar, water, and lavender blossoms in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and let the syrup steep for 30 minutes.½ cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon lavender blossoms, ½ cup water
- Filter the syrup into a small container using a fine mesh strainer.
- Cool and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
- Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker along with ice and shake for about 10 to 12 seconds.2 ounces gin, ideally a botanical gin like Uncle Val's, ¾ ounce lavender simple syrup, ¾ ounce lime juice
- Strain the gimlet into a martini glass or into a lowball (rocks) glass with an ice cube and garnish with a slice of lime.
If you make a lavender gimlet, please leave a comment here or rating. Pretty please!
Looking for dinner inspiration, classic recipes and new seasonal favorites?