It all started with this little jar of Lavender Salt. I bought it a while back at a Central Coast Winery and it took me a while to decide what I wanted to use it for. Spring arrived and suddenly, I had the urge to create a fresh, sweet and herbal cocktail using the Lavender Salt as a garnish. What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, than with a Lavender Margarita!
online. This is NOT Lavender essential oil, it is an extract made specifically for cooking and baking.
The following recipe is for 1 drink, but can easily be doubled, tripled or quadrupled for more guests.
1 1/2 oz tequila (gold or silver)
3/4 oz cointreau
3/4 - 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
3 tsp. lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
1/4 tsp. lavender extract
lavender salt to garnish
On a small plate, spread out about 3-4 T of lavender salt. If you can't find it pre made, you can totally whip up your own using sea salt and lavender buds. Round the rim of a glass with a wedge of lime, then dip the top of the glass into the salt. The lavender salt should stick to the rim. Place a few cubes of ice carefully into the glass.
In a cocktail shaker, combine all remaining ingredients. Shake well and strain over the ice into the glass.
Garnish with a few more lavender buds or a sprig of lavender from the garden.
Lavender Simple Syrup
1 Cup Water
1 Cup white sugar
1 T Lavender buds
In a small saucepan, heat all ingredients to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally until all sugar is disolved. Strain into a small jar and keep refrigerated until ready to use. Syrup will keep for a few weeks.