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August 16, 2017

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Lavender Sapphire Collins

by N@ncy

 

  • This cocktail is similar to the all-time gin classicTom Collins.
  • Dry gin, lemon juice, sugar and  tonic (or soda water)
  • It is essentially a lemonade spiked
  • with a healthy dose of the juniper spirit.
  • But the lavender makes this drink sparkle
  • and Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin…
  • the  botanicals  in the gin are nicely balanced and
  • soft enough to allow the lavender to peak through the mix.
  • My first challenge was making the syrup.

 

Rich Simple Lavender Syrup:   –> read this then forget it!

  1. Ingredients:
  2. Cold Water (1 part )
  3. Granulated Sugar (2 parts)
  4. Saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cold water and sugar to a boil.
  5. Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely ( 3 to 5 min)
  6. After boiling…
  7. I added 2-3 TB of fresh lavender and let this sit approximately 20 to 30 minutes to infuse.
  8. Using a wire mesh strainer, strain out the flavoring before using or storing.
  9. Let the syrup cool to room temperature
  10. …then pour into a tightly sealed, clean glass jar.
  11. Store in the refrigerator.

 

Lavender Sapphire Collins

  • 3 TB  (45 ml)  Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin
  • 2 TB lemon juice ( I just used juice of 1 lemon…)
  • 1 TB lavender syrup ( ..this was a disaster!)
  • USE elderberry syrup instead
  • ….or other store bought simple syrup.
  • 1/3 c tonic ( I used 1/2 of small bottle)
  • Pour ingredients into a long drink glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish:  a lemon wheel

 

Conclusion:

  1. Sparkling, refreshing…slightly bitter, bright.
  2. It is cocktail you can linger over.
  3.  A gin tonic lover might flirt with this drink
  4. …as a summer alternative.
  5. This is an excellent choice for a drink with brunch.
  6. It is less ‘shock and awe’  than a  Bloody Mary.
  7. This recipe was created by Bombay Sapphire.  (view website)
  8. It  really is a lovely gin for the cocktail.

 

Last thoughts:

  • I will NEVER  make my own syrup again.
  • The kitchen was a mess, sticky fingers and
  • …you have to be very careful not to ‘over simmer’ this concoction!
  • Never again!
  • I invested in a very good French elderberry liqueur St-Germain.
  • …and will use it where ever the cocktail calls for ‘simple syrup’.

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kathy
    Aug 17 2017

    Simple, Simple Syrup… give it a go.

    Simple Syrup

    1 cup sugar
    1 cup water

    Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.

    Reply
    • Aug 17 2017

      I cooked the water and sugar too long and tweaked the ratio sugar:water.
      I should never have done that.
      I even ‘borrowed’ fresh lavender….from a neighbor’s garden during an
      ‘early morning’ walk! 🙂
      Thanks for the encouragement!
      ps Have you ever seen the St Germain liqueur in a US store?

      Reply
      • Kathy
        Aug 17 2017

        St.Germain liqueur, 750ml, $34 American dollars.

  2. Aug 17 2017

    Kathy, thanks for the consumer investigation!

    Reply
    • Kathy
      Aug 17 2017

      Had to go buy my lottery ticket…$510 million! That’s a lot of Elderberry!

      Reply
      • Aug 17 2017

        ….wow !

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