Lavender Martini and Co Posting with Curious Kai
The blogging world is an interesting place, you become friends with people you have never met before, you find you have something in common whether it is the style of cooking, where you live or you just seem to hit it off. I was please to bump into Nigel from Curious Kai last year, he is one of the few Kiwi Blogs I have found and follow regularly. Nigel has a great Blog that explores New Zealand’s unique foods and he has a fabulous way of writing about his adventures, some of which seem to find him discovering antique cooking implements which I am often jealous about his finds.
After I had made my lavender syrup Nigel and I got talking about the types of cocktails we could make from it and he experimented and came up with a Lavender Martini. We decided that we should co-post our recipe and share it with you as well as introducing you all to each others Blogs. Below is my recipe which is based on one from Kingsley Amis and I hope you pop across to visit Nigel and his recipe as well as browsing his Blog, I know you will enjoy his stories.
The lavender martini is quite different to a regular martini due to the sweet syrup, P who is a bit of a martini buff preferred it with less syrup added but I am not such a big fan of martini and really enjoyed the additional sweetness to this drink. I think P is please he has finally got me to drink martinis, I wonder what other syrups I can experiment with!
- 6 parts gin
- 1/2 part vermouth
- ice cubes
- Handful fresh lavender flower buds
- Lavender Syrup
- Ice Cubes
- Chill Martini glasses prior to making the cocktails
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice
- Pour in gin & vermouth
- Shake or stir vigorously depending if you are a James Bond fan or not!
- Add 3 teaspoons of lavender syrup to each martini glass
- Pour martini over the lavender syrup and float a few fresh flower buds in the glass.