Spring is here and I wanted to celebrate with a simple cocktail that evoked the mood of the coming months. This prohibition-era classic has bright, crisp flavors, perhaps originally intended to mask the harshness of inferior gin. Fast forward to present day – this cocktail still makes for smooth sipping. In fact, it’s often billed as the gin drink for the non-gin drinker. Adding lavender highlights the floral notes of the honey without compromising the spirit of this timeless cocktail.



  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz lavender honey syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice

Lavender Honey Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender


To make the lavender honey syrup, combine hot water with honey and stir until evenly mixed. Add lavender, stirring to combine. Let cool, approximately 30 minutes, then pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove lavender.


For the cocktail, combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 full seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lavender sprig.


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