With its subtle floral notes and distinctive purple hue, lavender is sprouting up in seasonal drinks across the country like wildflowers in a field. Here are eleven places to enjoy lavender cocktails.
The Prince at Upstairs at The Gwen, Chicago, Illinois
Nodding to its bold purple color and paying homage to a pop icon, The Prince mixes Rhine Hall mango brandy, Clement Creole liqueur, lime cordial, orange bitters, lavender bitters and butterfly tea extract in a coupe glass with a fresh lavender garnish. Make a reservation at Upstairs at The Gwen.
Lavender & Lemon at FARM at Carneros, Napa, California
Featuring ingredients from the culinary garden at Carneros Resort and Spa, Lavender & Lemon combines Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, lemon juice, and housemade lavender simple syrup. Make a reservation at FARM at Carneros.
The Salty Dog at JIMMY at The James, New York, New York
Mixologist Johnny Swet created the Salty Dog, a new addition to the spring menu, with Hendricks Gin, St. Germain, lavender bitters, and grapefruit. Make a reservation at JIMMY at The James.
Iron Horse at Bluestem Brasserie, San Francisco, California
Bluestem Brasserie’s spring cocktail menu includes the Iron Horse, made with gin, Lillet Blonde, Amaro Nonino, and lavender syrup. Make a reservation at Bluestem Brasserie.
Lavender Detox at Roe Seafood, Long Beach, California
Bar manager Greg Goins concocted the this vividly colored drink with a vodka base, lavender limeade, lavender bitters, crème de violet, and fresh lavender from nearby Farm Lot 59. Make a reservation at Roe Seafood.
La Guapa at Tanta, Chicago, Illinois
La Guapa uses No. 3 gin infused with lavender, rhubarb, lemon, and sparkling rose and it’s finished with a sprig of lavender. Tanta’s menu also features Peruvian specialties, such as cebiches, empanada and corn cake with mushroom, and sautéed choclo. Make a reservation at Tanta.
The Secret Garden at The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, Edinburg, Scotland
Inspired by the classic British novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden elegantly blends lemon balm and lavender-infused Bombay Sapphire gin, Lillet Blanc, elderflower, celery bitters, and Prosecco. The Printing Press also serves other literary libations including Green Grow the Rashes and The Old Man and the Sea. Make a reservation at The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous at Urban Farmer, Portland, Oregon
Urban Farmer offers this off-the-menu cocktail made with Nolet’s silver gin, Hennessy XO, Lillet Blanc, orange bitters, and lavender tincture. Make a reservation at Urban Farmer.
Vodka & Lavender at Herb & Wood, San Diego, California
Herb & Wood’s craft cocktail menu, newly revamped by cocktail curator Meghan Balser, includes this drink made with You and Yours Vodka, Gin Mare, lavender-infused Aperitivo Bianco, and a touch of Japanese whisky. Make a reservation at Herb & Wood.
Lavender at Farmhouse, Los Angeles, California
Led by executive farmer Nathan Peitso and beverage manager Andrew Harbour, Farmhouse recently opened with a menu of specialty cocktails. This one includes vodka, aloe, lavender, and lemon. Make a reservation at Farmhouse.
Batch 206 Counter Gin + Cucumber + Lavender at Shaker + Spear, Seattle, Washington
Pennyroyal, the bar portion of Shaker + Spear, features a Spanish-style Gin + Tonic menu that pairs gin with housemade tonics. Displayed in a larger bowl glass to showcase cocktail’s aromas and colors, this cocktail is made with Batch 206 gin, tonic syrup, club soda, cucumber, and lavender. Make a reservation at Shaker + Spear.
Didn’t Cha Know at Firefly, Washington, D.C.
Lead bartender Brendan Ambrose combines lavender-infused Dolin Blanc, marsala-infused Plantation Rum, chai syrup, and cinnamon whipped cream in this aromatic cocktail. Make a reservation at Firefly.
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Susan Johnston Taylor is an Austin-based freelance writer who’s covered food and business for publications including The Boston Globe, Civil Eats, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fresh Cup, and Pizza Today. Follow her @UrbanMuseWriter