I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely planning on having a hot girl summer. And by hot girl, I mean person that is likely overheated and in desperate need of an air conditioned room and some serious hydration. That’s why I’m going to be drinking this light and refreshing Lemon Lavender Summer Gin Spritz, made with the gorgeous, purple hued Empress Gin, all summer long.Jump to Recipe
To me the perfect summer cocktails are light, refreshing and yes, thirst quenching. I love adding citrus to summer tipples, and I also often top them off with a good splash of sparkling water (or club soda) – because bubbles are fun! My last requirement is that they are beautiful. And this lemon lavender spritz has that in spades. I mean…look at it! This is easy enough to make for just you (you’re worth it) and impressive enough to make even your snobbiest houseguests happy. (On another note, why are you inviting snobby houseguests over??)
How to Make a Lemon Lavender Summer Gin Spritz
Let’s be honest, this beautiful cocktail is pretty much spiked lemonade. Instead of using plain simple syrup, I’ve infused mine with dried lavender petals and pink peppercorns. Here’s what you’re going to need to make the simple syrup:
- 1 cup each of sugar & water
- 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender
- 5 pink peppercorns
Here’s what you’ll need to make the Lemon Lavender Summer Spritz (makes 2 large or 4 small cocktails):
- 4 ounces Empress 1908 Gin
- 2 ounces simple syrup (made from ingredients above)
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice (from approximately 1 1/2 lemons)
- Sparkling water
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Lemon Lavender Summer Gin Spritz
- Put the sugar, water, lavender and peppercorns in a small pan and heat just until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the flavors infuse for 10 minutes, then strain and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Make the cocktail. Fill a cocktail shaker and four glasses with crushed ice. Add the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice to the shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Strain the mixture evenly into the prepared glasses and top with sparkling water. Garnish with lemon slices and a sprig of fresh lavender. Serve immediately.