Last Friday, I was blessed with a media pass to dinner at CH Distillery. I’ve been a fan of their excellent line of liquors since they opened, but I had never stopped in for even a cocktail. That’s probably because I’m so broke that if I don’t get the option to write my way into a free dinner, I don’t get to go out. That’s my life as a “freelancer,” which is code word for “I’m in between jobs but I’m super duper creative and sometimes get paid money for artsy gigs that help pay for my artisanal cheese addiction.”
Anyway, we had a great experience. We sampled their cocktails, seasonal menu, and line of house-distilled spirits. Now I’m all geared up for spring time gin cocktails, only my liquor cabinet is almost dried up, save a collection of bitters, a near empty (now empty) bottle of gin, and dry vermouth. Luckily, the kind of cocktail I usually want doesn’t need much beyond a quality liquor. I want something strong and complex. I want a martini, but with a sensitive streak.
Enter the lavender martini, a cocktail with a simple floral note that enhances the natural flavors of the gin. It works especially well with the Key Lime Gin from CH Distillery, which already has a touch of lavender.
- 2.5 oz gin
- 0.5 oz dry vermouth
- 1 drop lavender essential oil // 1/2 teaspoon lavender simple syrup if you need some shuga
- Strip of lemon rind for garnish
- Chilled martini glass
- Cocktail shaker
Add gin, vermouth, oil or syrup, and a couple ice cubes to the cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for about thirty seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Rub a lemon rind around the rim and drop it in for garnish. Enjoy!